Many tweeted Take That singer Gary Barlow to tell him about their winnings after Rule the World rode to victory at odds of 33-1 at Aintree. Fans of the band, who released their hit song Rule The World in 2007, admitted they had backed the horse simply because of the link with Take That. Robbie Williams, who left the band before they released the song, won £700 after putting £20 each way on the horse.
He tweeted: “20 quid each way “rule the world” grand national. GET IN !!!!!!!!!!!”
- Fan Anna Marie was among fans who contacted Gary Barlow: “@GaryBarlow, massive thanks to you, just won £288 #Grand National #RuleTheWorld.”
- Another fan, writing under the hashtag GetGaryToLauras21st, tweeted: “@GaryBarlow we rule the world! I won £105 Gary xxx”
- Julie Robertson wrote: “@GaryBarlow @HowardDonald @OfficialMarkO just won 352 on Grand National winner! Pays to be a TT fan #RuleTheWorld.”
- Claire @clairesarah74 tweeted: “@GaryBarlow I did and am a very happy girly only won £34 but iv never won before so yay me.”
- Laura Dickson added: “@GaryBarlow that will be yes knew my love of take that was worthwhile husband agrees now xx.”
Some fans even plunged their winnings back into the band by buying tickets for the boys’ concert at Hyde Park this summer. Kim Hazell tweeted: “@GaryBarlow Thank you Gary for this fab song, I now have £161 towards my TT concert ticket :D xx”
Current band members Gary Barlow and Howard Donald later took to Twitter to congratulate fans on their winnings.
- Gary tweeted: “If imagine a lot of people on here had a bet on Rule the World? Congrats if you did X”
- Howard wrote: “Well done to all the TT supporters who bet on rule the world to win the grand national. X”
But some disgruntled punters who had chosen their horses carefully, based on form, took to Twitter to complain.
- Bly tweeted: “I studied the form and didn't win a penny. Some women picked Rule The World because she likes Take That. I give up.”
- Peter Korotkich added: “The amount of mums that will have won on the grand national cause rule the world is a take that song.”
- Whilst Ben Stanfield wrote: “For once I'm actually grateful to Mrs S for being a Take That fan!! Well done Rule the World! #GrandNational.”
Rule The World is owned by Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary and trained by Mouse Morris.