Locals punters toast Mon Mome win

Mon Mome's 100-1 success in the John Smith's Grand National may have been a skinner for most bookmakers but there was at least one betting shop that felt the pinch.

Mon Mome's 100-1 success in the John Smith's Grand National may have been a skinner for most bookmakers but there was at least one betting shop that felt the pinch.

Punters at Ladbrokes' branch on Gloucestershire Road in Ross-on-Wye, stayed loyal to winning trainer Venetia Williams, whose yard is just three miles away.

"I must be the only bookie who hasn't made a fortune on the big race," said the shop's deputy manager James Yorke.

"There were loads of punters in my shop who had a fiver each-way on Venetia's outsider. She's really popular round here and the odds didn't put anybody off.

"Locals were punching the air as Mon Mome galloped to the line but deep down none of us could really believe our eyes."

Now Ladbrokes are to commemorate the victory of the first 100-1 winner since Foinavon 42 years ago.

They have commissioned a bespoke Mon Mome Club tie (MMC) which will be sent to all their successful punters.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: "The MMC tie will be far more exclusive then the famous MCC tie worn at Lord's cricket ground.

"Members of the elite Mon Mome Club will wear their ties with pride on Grand National day for many years to come.

"Anyone who found the winner will be buying the drinks for the rest of the year."

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