Afternoon update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
It’s been a cracking morning for Team GB on the water with Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins setting a new Olympic record in the double sculls rowing competition. The pair absolutely nailed their heat setting a time of six minutes and 44.33 seconds to qualify for the final. The team led from start to finish and will be confident they can claim the gold medal after going 22 races unbeaten.
Later on today Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield will be hoping for a strong performance in the 10 metre synchronised dive as they start hunting for a medal.
Team GB have a medal interest on the floor as the gymnastics team start their hunt for gold and Zoe Smith who won Commonwealth bronze in 2010 is in the weightlifting. Stuart Pearce has played down Britain’s chances in the football but there is every chance the Team GB men’s hockey team could come away with a medal as they take on rivals Argentina.
Barcelona and Manchester City are fighting it out for the signature of Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. The Danish centre-back has two years left on his contract and Anfield and has expressed a desire to stay but will a healthy offer sway the club to sell? According to reports City have already had a £12million bid rejected as they look to provide cover for Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott.
Spurs have stepped up their interest in Ricardo Carvalho after the Real Madrid defender was omitted from a pre-season tour of the US. Carvalho is now 34-years-old but AVB is keen to fill the void left by Ledley King by an experienced centre-back. It may be that the former Chelsea man is used in the ongoing Luka Modric saga.
The barney between Gareth Bale and Charlie Adam continues with Bale branding the Liverpool midfielder a ‘coward’. The Welsh winger has said he hasn’t received an apology but will refuse it if one comes his way. The Spurs player will have a scan on his ankle in New York today to assess the damage amid fears he will miss the opening game of the season. Team-mate Kyle Walker has also crashed in saying that Adam is ‘jealous’ because Bale is such a skilled player.
The Galway Festival gets under way today with the opening race of the meeting at 4.00pm. The ground at the course is officially yielding.
The biggest race of the day is the Carlton Hotel Galway City handicap at 5.35pm. 23 runners will take on the two-mile trip fighting for the €42,000 prize including last year’s winner Fosters Cross who has drifted to 14/1 after being 11/1 this morning. Nina Carberry has every chance on Buy Back Bob at 10/1 but Caim Hill looks like the best value after scoring twice on the flat and over fences recently. You can back him at 7/1 with Paddy Power.
Elsewhere today there are meetings at Ayr at 2.05pm, Yarmouth at 2.15pm and Lingfield at 2.25pm.
Lewis Hamilton has said there is still an awful lot of work to be done at McLaren if they are to catch championship leader Fernando Alonso. Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix from start to finish at the weekend but is still 47 points behind the Ferrari driver in the overall standings. There is a break now before the last nine races which start in Belgium on the first week of September.