Three friends rode a punting rollercoaster to win the New Zealand Punter of the Year title at Hastings at the weekend.

Shane Coey, Tony Moynihan and Sam Jorgenson of Wellington came back from a balance of just forty cents to end the day with $12,720 - an incredible turn of luck - and banked an extra $20,000 for winning first prize.

There were tense moments for the trio though, who erupted with "man love" when announced as the winners, high-fiving as the news sank in.

Coey said just a few races earlier they were resigned to leaving the course with

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