Punter's $357k Grafton Cup win

VICTORIAN-trained stayer Art Success cost young bookmaking lion Tom Waterhouse $357,000 in a single bet when the gelding bounded to victory in yesterday's $160,000 Ken Casson Motors Grafton Cup (2350m).

The 26-year-old, fourth-generation bookmaker fielded a phone call from an overseas client who backed Art Success each-way at odds of $21.

“He's a stockbroker from overseas. He's won $357,000,” Waterhouse said.

“Art Success winning was my worst result by far.”

Waterhouse, with an annual turnover in excess of $100 million, is the son of champion Sydney trainer Gai Waterhouse and bookmaker, Robbie Waterhouse.

This year's Cup has a real touch of international flavour with 46-year-old South African jockey Jeff Lloyd, making his first visit to Grafton and New Zealand-born trainer John Collins saddling up his first runner, combining to win the 94th running of the Clarence River Jockey Club's flagship event.

While all spoils were with the winner, most punters were left discarding losing tickets after Art Success's power-packed win.

Art Success officially started at $15 and beat $5 favourite Belmonte by two lengths with a long-head to Juerga ($21).



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