Meet Neil Morrice – the talkSPORT guest whose 21-year-old bet banked him £10,000 as Judd Trump was crowned world snooker champion on Monday.
This brilliant story begins in 1998, when racing journalist/snooker oracle Neil decided put a bet on Trump when he was just eight years old, after watching him wipe the floor with his 12-year-old son at a snooker club in Bristol.
Neil remembers how Trump then needed to stand on a box to reach the table and ‘used the cue more like a spear’, but quickly racked up a 35-40 break on his first visit to the table.
Knowing he’d just seen something special, he contacted his bookmaker friend – who just so happens to be talkSPORT’s Coral Daily Download regular Simon Clare – who offered him 1000/1 odds on this ‘little boy’ being world champion before he was 30. So he stuck a tenner on.
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Well, that’s just what Trump did on Monday, as the 2019 Masters champion beat John Higgins in a thrilling final at the Crucible to win his first World Championship title – at the age of 29.
Talk about a close call!