Watch as lorry-driver horse racing punter wins a million pounds thanks to huge win in final leg of Paddy Power challenge

A lorry-driver has won a million quid thanks to bookie Paddy Power.

Geoff, from Bootle, was over the moon as Langer Dan's win at Sandown on Saturday meant he pocketed the life-changing cheque.

And luckily for us, his mate was on hand to record the moment the horse cruised to the front live on ITV Racing.

Langer Dan's Imperial Cup win was the final leg of the Paddy Power Millionaire Chase.


Geoff, who sadly lost his son to cancer eight years ago, qualified for the final race after winning one of several qualifiers.

He said: "It’s amazing what it’ll do for our life. We lost our son eight years ago to cancer, he was just 18-years-old.

"This is a life-changing amount of money and it felt like it was just meant to be. I love racing but I couldn’t tip a winner. I couldn’t pick my nose normally!

"I felt like the coolest man in the world until about midday and then I was massively nervous – I couldn’t stop shaking. The feeling even now is incredible. It’s still sinking in.

"Langer Dan was incredible coming up to the last fence. He didn’t look like he could be beat. That was an amazing feeling, being able to watch that.

"Ideally I’d love to go to a three-day week on the lorries. The wife is trying to spend the million already so I need to keep her in check. We’re going to go on a big holiday when they let us. We can’t wait."


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The Millionaire Chase was originally intended to run on New Year’s Day at Cheltenham but poor weather cancelled the meeting, while two rearranged dates were also scuppered by rain and snow. 

Spokesperson Paddy Power said: "It’s incredible to be able to give Geoff his own Gold Card into the Millionaire’s Club, especially given what he has been through.

"Derek Acorah was previously the most famous person from Bootle, but Geoff can take his spot now. There’s nothing spooky about being a millionaire."


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