Fred Done, whose Betfred bookie won the race for the Tote with a £265m bid, is continuing to resist paying five punters who placed bets showing profits of £823,000 with its Gibraltar-based online wing, Betfred.com.
It has declared the bets void – even though it has paid out on wagers placed by UK punters in its 840 betting shops.
Four of the five individuals are related to Mr Curley, 70, who has a long track record in stinging the bookies with gambles on horses trained at his small Newmarket yard.
Although it has to be said, not as bad as one bookmaker past.
Or at least so it is rumoured, when a punter won big back in the 60s the shop which contained the betting slip burned down overnight, before he could get there to claim his winnings.
A quite remarkable coincidence that.