Wonder horse Silverbirch helped one Irish man to a half million euro win after the 2007 Grand National. The unnamed married man staked his cash on a four horse accumulator and included the grand national in his bet.

During a lunch break he strolled into Paddy Powers betting office in Bantry, Cork on Saturday with 20 Euro (£15) and backed Silverbirch at 33/1 for the Grand National, 16/1 Kings Key and 12/1 Al Eile also running on the same day. Once all three had romped home he headed back to the bookies to watch his final horse, 10/1 Paymaster General run at Lingfield.

It may seem absolutely crazy to include the Grand National, one of the most unpredictable races, in an accumulator bet but for this very lucky man the risk paid off and he walked home with over half a million euro in his pocket!