Westwood combined six of the seven winners on day two of the Festival in a series of £2 bets, and walked away with £48,200.91.
His Super Heinz, comprised of 120 bets, coats him £240. And after going through the card on the opening day at Cheltenham last year, it was no wonder the former world No1 golfer decided to skip the Players Championship tournament to go racing.
He said: “I’d have had to play seriously well in the Players to pocket the sort of money I collected here – but to be honest, that was never really an option.
“For me, Cheltenham goes into the calendar first, ahead of the Majors, and it takes slight preference over Christmas. Just ask my kids!
“That was my best win ever. I did collect more when I backed one of my horses Ballyalton, to win a couple of years back, but I had to put down a lot more money then. To win almost fifty grand for just over two hundred quid is incredible.
Westy's top tips for day three
1.30 – Defi du Seuil – winner
2.10 – Sire du Berlais – winner
2.50 – Footpad
3.30 – Paisley Park
4.10 – Janika
4.50 – Epatante
5.30 – Any Second Now
“I’ve been studying form ahead of this for weeks – no, make that months. It didn’t work out great on day one, as I backed the first winner and that was it.
“But it all came good, and I got seriously hammered afterwards. I was onto my second Bloody Mary by ten o’clock in the morning as I tried to battle my hangover.
“I also made a couple of silly promises – like running round the course naked if Graham Wyllie, who is providing the hospitality this week, gets a one-two in Friday’s Gold Cup.
“His two runners are Bellshill and Invitation Only. If they are locked together jumping the last, watch out for me starting to strip off!”
Westwood’s next golfing start will be at the Dell World Match Play in two weeks’ time.
He is 62nd in the world rankings and needs a good finish there to climb into the top fifty and book a spot in next month’s Masters, an event where he has twice finished runner-up.
But he insisted he never seriously considered taking up an invitation to compete at Sawgrass, even though it offers huge world ranking points.
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He added: “Like I said, I would hate to miss Cheltenham, and I’m almost 46 now. So chasing ranking points here, there, and everywhere doesn’t really appeal to me now.
“If I can play my way into Augusta via the World Match Play, then great. If not, it probably means I’m not playing well enough to deserve a Masters place anyway.”
Westy shared his day three selections with SunOnline. They are: 1.30: Defi du Seuil; 2.10: Sire du Berlais; 2.50: Footpad; 3.30: Paisley Park; 4.10: Janika; 4.50: Epatante; 5.30: Any Second Now.
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