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The brilliant ballplayer has won £11m after the jockey’s cheeky comment dared him to bet huge on the horse

A MONEY HUNTER with huge pockets has won £11m on a horse – but it was only after a cheeky comment from a racehorse that he dared to place a big bet.

Legendary Australian racer Greg Hall has recalled his difficult meeting with the late media mogul Kerry Packer.

Legendary gambler Packer lost and won big money - but one racing bet stands out above all others

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Legendary gambler Packer lost and won big money – but one racing bet stands out above all othersCredit: AP: Associated Press
Jockey Hall reveals how he dared Packer to bet huge on his runners

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Jockey Hall reveals how he dared Packer to bet huge on his runners

The pair were in the paddock before running the 1993 Victoria Derby at Flemington Down Under.

Hall was about to jump into the magical Mahogany when Packer, a giant, approached.

The driver recalled their encounter with That Racing, and said, “I’m standing next to this guy who’s worth 12 billion dollars, and I have 12 dollars.

“He used to call me ‘boy’ or ‘boy’, and he said, ‘What do you think, boy? Do you think this and that can win?”

“And I said, ‘how much money did you have on it?”

“He said, ‘What do you mean, son? How much money did I have on it?

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“And I said, ‘how much money did you have?” And he said, ‘I’ve got $1.6 million (about £870,000) on it!’

“It’s not unusual for a 4ft racer to ask an 8ft tall man how much money you’ve got on it.”

After that, the conversation heated up, with Hall’s comment testing Packer’s nerves and ultimately forcing him to place a really big bet.

‘DROP YOUR BAG?’

Hall continued: “I said, ‘What, did you drop your bag?

“He exploits [part-owner] Lloyd Williams and said, “I like that kid” so he went and bought another $3 million (£1.7 million) on it. “

Thankfully, Hall knew what he was talking about as he led Mahogany to a seven-legged 9-2 win.

All in all, it led to a one-day salary of around £11m for Packer – that’s pure profit.

His total income including deposit is around £13.5 million.

To thank the horse – and not necessarily Hall – Packer later named the ‘Mahogany Room’ at his Crown casino in honor of the horse.

The bigger-than-life Packer is known for his ‘outrage’ with money – as well as his incredible business mind.

He was once said to have given casino employees $1 million – and had already paid off a six-figure mortgage on two different cocktail waitresses.

Packer, who died in 2005, had a heart attack in 1990 and died in six minutes but was revived in an ambulance, one of the few people at the time with a defibrillator.

HELP OTHER PEOPLE MAKE MONEY

Packer then accumulated $2.5 million of his own cash to make sure every ambulance was equipped with one, and they became known as the Packer Whackers.

Of course, Packer isn’t the only one to make the bookies cry with a big bet.

Sun Racing recently told you how a gambler who put his last £62 on Frankie Dettori – and ended up becoming a millionaire.

Participant Darren Yates, 55, bet his final £62 – then used his £550,823 winnings to build a property and development empire which he sold for £20 million pounds.

Yates pocketed half a million wins after Dettori drove his legendary Magnificent Seven at Ascot in 1996.

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