WHEELIE-BIN cleaner Craig Brazier came face to face this week with the Wiltshire-trained racecourse that made him a millionaire.
Craig put a £2 bet on the Scoop6 last Saturday and found all six winners, the last leg being Chatez trained by Alan King at Barbury Castle in Wiltshire.
Brazier, a Betfred betting shop punter from Mansfield, became one of seven millionaire winners of the bet on Saturday and pocketed a staggering £1,342,599.
The 39-year-old, who has vowed to carry on cleaning bins, could land a further £5,481,763 by picking the winner of today's bonus race – the 19-runner 2.50 at York.
“I nipped into the Betfred shop as I knew there was a huge rollover,” said Craig. "I went home to watch the racing and started panicking after I got three out of three.
"I couldn't see the telly for the last leg because I was running up and down the room riding Chatez home. I went absolutely berserk when he won and I was still up at 4am wondering if it had really happened.
"On Sunday I went fishing to let it all sink in, but all I caught was some sleep on the bank.
"My biggest previous win was on New Year's Day in 2008 when Blazing Bailey (another Alan King-trained horse) landed me a Lucky 15.”
On Wednesday, Craig, his wife Tracy and daughters Casey and Jessica travelled down from Mansfield to King’s stables south of Swindon where Betfred boss Fred Done was on hand to present the cheque.
King was away on holiday in the Canaries, but assistant trainer Ollie Wardle showed Craig and his family around the yard, and Fergus Sweeney, who rode Haydock winner Chatez, also ensured that it was a special occasions for the Braziers.
Craig said: "I just loved being given the opportunity to pat Chatez, the horse that made me a millionaire.”
First thing that Craig plans to do is swap his two-up and two-down terrace house for a five-bedroom detached in the Mansfield area, and then he will be off to Florida for a family holiday at Disneyworld.