Afternoon update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
It’s been billed as the raunchiest Olympics ever with 150,000 condoms being distributed throughout the Olympic Village. With all those fit and healthy young men and women confined to barracks so to speak Paddy Power is offering 6/1 that they run out of condoms at London 2012.
No word yet on who will light the Olympic Cauldron but Steve Redgrave remains the 1/3 favourite in Paddy Power’s online betting. Former decathlon champion Daley Thompsonis still being mentioned at 5/1 but is attracting more support in the ‘Which country will he insult next market’ after his Irish ‘joke’ earlier in the week. China is favoured at 5/1.
Lucas Moura (19 ) will decide after the Olympics whether to sign for Manchester United. The Sao Paulo midfielder is busy with Team Brazil’s quest for the gold medal but has instructed his agent to continue negotiations. And now that the secret’s out what harm if one of United’s rivals start to muddy the waters by
creating a smokescreen making their own legitimate enquiries.
Former Spurs midfielder Nico Kranjcar has branded chairman Daniel Levy a ‘liar’ over his refusal to sell Luka Modric. Barking loudly from the relative safety of the Ukraine the Croatian international also said Dynamo Kiev are a bigger club than Tottenham.
Demba Ba has hinted that he will stay at Newcastle after scoring 16 goals since his free transfer move from West Ham last season. Ba has a release clause in his contract that is due to expire soon and has attracted interest from overseas clubs.
Good news for punters as top jockey Ruby Walsh will join the blog team next week for lunchtime previews from the Galway Racing Festival. Walsh has an enviable book of rides at the West of Ireland including Willie Mullins’ Blackstairmountain in Wednesday’s highlight, the Galway Plate.
Bad news in Britain for Hereford and Folkestone race courses. Hereford has closed as Arena Leisure where unable to extend their lease which has 17 years remaining on it from Herefordshire County Council. Folkestone may go the same way at thec end of the 2012 season unless a development plan is approved.
Southwell (2.00) Thirsk (2.10) and Ascot (2.20) will get underway shortly with Newmarket (5.35) Chepstow (5.45) and York (6.00) Wexford (5.50 ) and Down Royal (5.35) under orders this evening.
Thorbjorn Oleson tees of at 2.05 with a three shot lead from Thomas Levet in the Lyoness Open on Friday. England’s Richard Bland is a further shot back in third ahead of a group of four on seven-under-par.
Scott Piercy at eight-under-par has a one-shot lead over Greg Owen and William McGirt in the Canadian Open after the first day. Open Champion Ernie Els in 10 shots off the lead.