TV soap actor lands pounds 286,850 haul thanks to Red Marauder; Malcolm Tomlinson leaves it late to win first prize in Jumps Ten To Follow.
MALCOLM TOMLINSON did not need to call on his professional talents when hearing he had scooped the bumper pounds 286,850 first prize in
the Tote/Racing Post Jumps Ten To Follow competition, writes Gordon Brown.
An actor with several well-known television credits to his name, Tomlinson was travelling back to his Beverley home when his wife Judith rang with news of his windfall on Saturday night and he found it hard to contain his delight.
He said: "I was so pleased, I nearly fell off my seat, as I thought I was well out of the running. A lot of my horses were geared towards the
big races at Cheltenham, so things didn't look good when that was called off.
"Obviously this is a serious amount of cash and it will come in useful with a wife who enjoys spending money.
"I expect we'll pay off the mortgage and fund the improvements on the house."
Tomlinson, 43, ended up with a winning total of 392 points and his victory was sealed by Red Marauder picking up a handsome 79 points for his Grand National success. He enjoyed a fine Aintree meeting, also striking with Barton, First Gold and Fadalko.
Tomlinson went on: "My wife is a professional singer under the name of Judith Hibbert and we have two children, Ross, 8, and Eleanor, 7. I'm a professional actor and a presenter on William Hill Radio; my recent credits have included roles in Eastenders, Kiss Me Kate and Holly-
"Just before Christmas I played Dot Cotton's solicitor in Eastenders and I was quoted at 500-1 as the
person who shot Phil Mitchell.
"I entered 20 lists and I looked for real quality horses, particularly among the two-milers, because there are lot of points on offer in those races.
"I put Red Marauder in, as I fancied him for the Thomas Pink Gold Cup and I honestly hadn't a clue on Saturday how much his win was going to mean, otherwise I would have needed a change of underwear!"
In second place, only two points behind on 390, came The Raffles Boys from Warrington, who receive a cheque for pounds 40,980.
List front-man Keith Turk said: "We had a fantastic run and just failed. We aimed our horses for Cheltenham and Aintree, so the loss of the Festival didn't help. We didn't have a runner in the National, but we can't complain because if something like Beau had won we would have been out of the money altogether."
Chester's Adam Scott, already the winner of December's pounds 10,000 prize, has an additional pounds 19,465 for coming joint-third with Fareham-based Brian Stoppard on 388 points.
A further point away on 387 was Tony Donnarumma from London, who is pounds 12,290 richer, with Pulborough's Roger Nettleton (384) picking up pounds 10,240 in sixth.
Harrow's Peter Flood, the winner of last season's Jumps Ten To Follow with his Ramparts Syndicate, receives pounds 8,200 this time for coming seventh on 381 points, while London's Pino Bartello and Yvonne McLeod from Harrow get pounds 5,125 apiece for finishing joint-eighth on 380 points.
The Skynyrds, fronted by Gerry Murphy from Pontypool, had 378 points to claim the pounds 2,050 tenth prize.
Malcolm Tomlinson Told of the shock news on his way home
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Apr 9, 2001|
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