£10,000 bet landed by backer who predicted Judd Trump’s future

A horse racing journalist with a passion for snooker and a keen eye for talent has landed a whopping £10,000 prize with Judd Trump’s recent success in the world snooker championships.

Trump beat John Higgins 18-9 in a thrilling final at the Crucible in May but the player himself wasn’t the only man in the country celebrating a cash injection. Punters all over the UK had rising star Trump picked from the start with many more jumping on board in the latter stages of the Sheffield snooker extravaganza.

62-year-old Neil Morrice backed as young Judd Trump to be future champion of the world with Coral bookmakers when the player was just eight years old. A £10 bet at 1000/1 on such a young man may have looked crazy at the time but it is now paying off.

An eye for talent

The successful punter explained his thinking behind the bet, telling the sporting press he spotted a youthful Trump back in 1998 when playing a local snooker hall in Bristol, admitting the young man’s talent struck him as something special from the off. Morrice was so taken, in fact, he immediately raced to his local bookmakers to make the bet.

Following Trump’s progress over the years, it become increasingly obvious the lucky punter may have been on to something and he was eventually proven to be correct in the spring of 2018, 20 years after getting his stake down. Much has changed in the betting industry since making that bet, but the cash was on and the odds secured, cashing out never appealing to a man who backed his opinions and stood by them.

A close shave

There was a slight concern due to a stipulation in the bet, however. When making the call all those years ago, it was agreed Trump would have to win the world snooker championship before his 30th birthday, which will be in the year 2020.

A little too close for comfort, perhaps, but Morrice came close to landing the cheque as early as eight years ago when Judd came within touching distance of joining an elite list of world champions. Trump came up against John Higgins again on that occasion but, thankfully, the younger man was able to reverse the result, and in some style too.

Encouraged by his success and the buzz it has created in the industry, Morrice aims to reinvest some of his winnings back into Trump winning the title again next year, although he’ll get nowhere near 1000/1, that’s for sure. Coral bookmakers were offering two-in-a-row at 3/1.

Coral spokesman David Stevens said his company avoided a pay out in 2011 due to a Higgins win but there was a happier outcome this year for the punter.