Milton man Len Glassford reflects on an unforgettable day
of betting on the horses last Saturday. Photo by Linda
Len Glassford reckons winning $300,000 is not all that
In fact, he jokes, ''it's quite simple, really''.
Mr Glassford (73), of Milton, was the biggest winner on
Saturday after the launch of the TAB's new bet type, the
Triple Trio, where punters have to select the trifecta - or
first three horses across the line - in each of the last
three races at a meeting.
Mr Glassford is not a regular punter on the horses, but the
promotion of the new bet type caught his attention, and he
had two bets on the Trentham meeting - one on his own
selections and a $10 Easybet of random selections chosen by
''I just saw it advertised in the paper a couple of days
before and I thought that would be worth a go at,'' he said.
''I didn't think I would be successful.''
Successful is an understatement.
Mr Glassford's $10 Easybet managed to include some rank
outsiders including Jaggard, which paid $19.10 for a place,
knocking out many punters. Mr Glassford's six-figure return
is a far cry from his previous best day on the punt.
''I might go to a race meeting and win $50, or I might come
home sometimes with $100 and think you've had a good day, but
you've bet on every race,'' he said.
Mr Glassford and wife Loraine were having a family day at
their Milton home with their five children, including their
daughter and her family who were visiting from Perth. It was
the first time in more than five years the family had all
Two of Mr Glassford's children were watching the last race
and son Martin checked his father's TAB phone account shortly
after the last race. The money was in his account within 10
minutes, but news of the win took a lot longer to sink in.
''It took us an hour to work it out on Saturday night all the
same,'' he said.
''I couldn't comprehend it.''
Mr Glassford was in line to win $100,000 but due to a firm
track at Trentham, one of his horses in the final leg was
scratched, and two more 10% shares transferred on to the
winning substitutes, netting a total windfall of $300,000.
Mr Glassford, who had a variety of jobs before retirement,
was quick to rule out the idea of becoming a professional
''I had a mail run in Milton, and I've farmed and had a dairy
- I've tried everything.''
Mr Glassford has no plans for the money, although he would
like to share it with his family.
Four other winners around the country won a combined total of
The next Triple Trio will be held on Wellington Cup day at
Trentham but Otago punters might have the inside word on
February 1 when the Triple Trio is held on the feature
meeting at Wingatui.
But be warned - Mr Glassford plans to be there.