Bunter, who won £60,000 after PriceWise, sees dreams of the year reaching new heights | horse racing news

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Mike Sievers (second from left) in the happy group after the success of Ask Paddington II at Hexham

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Written by Catherine McCray

The gambler who won £60,000 to back the picks of Racing Post’s price expert Tom Segal has seen his good fortune continue with a four-race winning streak this summer from the horse he bought with some of his winnings.

Mike Sivers has received huge compensation After Segal won four winners at Haydock and Ascot in December 2021 by a total margin of 2267-1. Sivers had put Seagal’s five picks, two of them in the same race, into a series of doubles in each direction, the third, and two of the four timings.

Along with his friend Andy Bell, Sivers purchased coach Rebecca Menzies Ask Paddington In May and a few days later the eight-year-old won for the first time in over a year.

“I’ve always wanted to own a race horse but winning that money is what made it possible,” Sivers said.

“I went down to Rebecca Square and saw Ask Paddington, whom I had watched take second place in Hexham the previous week. I found out it was for sale and within an hour decided to buy it. My friend couldn’t stop laughing at the speed I made the decision.

“Two days after all the papers arrived, he ran for the first time for us at Market Rasen and watched from my phone in a hotel room. He stormed the house from last to first to win nine lengths and I couldn’t believe it was so exciting.”

Ask Paddington went on to score on all four starts for the Severs this summer, rising from a rating of 117 to 139 before being sold for a profit this month to Metahorse Racing to be trained in the US.

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Ask Paddington: Bought with Pricewise Gains and now at Grade 1 level in America

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“It’s something I’ve never experienced before,” Sivers said. “Victories kept coming in. After the first success I was there every time. Some people waited years for the first winner and I got four in a row. He carried more weight each time and Rebecca kept warning us she was going to catch up, but he kept going.

“He got some attention from America and seemed to be the right call to sell him because he really likes hard ground and we wouldn’t be able to find many races for him. Two cracked young Irish guys wanted to buy him with the goal of heading the US National Great Hurdle.”

Ask Paddington has now moved on to Keri Bion, a four-time First Division coach best known for obstacle course The Mean Queen.

He made his first-class Lonesome Glory Handicap Hurdle debut in Belmont on Thursday, just two weeks after making the trip to the US, and finished third under Danny Mullins ahead of Cheltenham winners Song For Someone and Belfast Banter.

“The new owners have invited us to meet and watch him run whenever we want,” Sivers added. “It was the best decision for everyone involved and great to be a part of.

“I wanted to put the money I won back into the sport and it was a great experience that will go on. We are just waiting for Rebecca to surprise us with the next superstar.”


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First published at 4:00 PM, Sep 17, 2022