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Tommy misses the jackpot... But the city punter's still delighted with his bumper win.

Byline: By Alan Harris

HORSERACING fan Tommy Jordan missed out on share of a staggering pounds 558,000 cash prize - but still thinks he's a lucky man.

The retired Peugeot track worker had already scooped nearly pounds 16,000 on Channel 4's Tote bet, called Scoop 6.

Because all his six selections won he was entered for a bonus race on Saturday, where he again had to choose the winning horse.

But this time his choice came fourth in the race at Newbury, ending his hopes of a dream payout.

He and 63 other people were in with a chance of winning the jackpot, but only five picked the winner and each received pounds 111,600.

Tommy watched the race with his wife, Lorraine, at their home in Narberth Way, Walsgrave, and admitted the tension was almost too much to bear.

He said: "I was on the edge of my seat and I was getting a bit excited.

"My heart rate was going quite quick when my horse was coming in at the end!"

Tommy picked The Whistling Teal from a field of 11 horses.

The race was won by Short Skirt, which he almost backed, but Tommy changed his mind based on the state of the ground.

He said: "I was going to have the winner but I thought the going was too soft for it and I went for The Whistling Teal who likes it like that.

"If the going was good I would have gone for Short Skirt. The favourite didn't win anyway."

Despite missing out on the big payout, Tommy and Lorraine remain philosophical and are more than pleased with their previous winnings of pounds 15,758.

Lorraine said: "If we had won I wanted a new kitchen but we're happy as we are."

Tommy said: "I'm quite happy to get the six winners because I've been trying to do this for a long while.

"It's not good to be too greedy!"

Lorraine, aged 59, a cleaner, regularly places her husband's bets for him at bookmakers Totesport, in Old Church Road, Bell Green.

Tommy has been backing the horses for more than 40 years.

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Date:Oct 23, 2006
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