Barack Obama clinched a second term in the White House after a nail-biting American election last night. The crucial swing state of Ohio pushed Obama over the finishing line of 270 votes and Mitt Romney conceded victory.
It was handy news for Paddy Power who had already paid out to punters who backed Obama three days ago. The gutsy call saw Europe’s leading bookmaker put its neck on the line for more than £400,000 when the decision was very much still in the balance.
Roberto Mancini has conceded that Manchester City’s title dream is pretty much dead in the water. A 2-2 draw with Ajax at the Etihad Stadium last night leaves the English champs having to beat Real Madrid at home and Borussia Dortmund away and even then it might not be enough.
The game was full of controversial decisions as City had a goal ruled off for a marginal offside decision and then Super Mario Balotelli believed he should have had a penalty in the final few seconds after an Ajax defender tried to remove his shirt.
Elsewhere in the Champions League Arsenal threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Schalke in Germany. It wasn’t a great result for Arsene Wenger but it was for Andy Gray who tipped up the 2-2 draw at 12/1 on the Paddy Power Blog.
Tonight’s action features Manchester United travelling to Portugal to face Sporting Braga and Chelsea host Skathar Donetsk at Stamford Bridge. Both English teams are favourites for the games but neither will be a stroll in the park.
One team that should find it easy is Barcelona. They face Celtic at Parkhead and unless Celtic reproduce their heroic efforts in the Nou Camp that is going to be all one-way traffic.
The world’s top golfers once viewed the Singapore Open like they viewed fashion sense – nice, but by no means essential. But all that changed with a $4m prize-fund injection.
Paddy Power is paying a whopping ¼ the odds 1-2-3-4-5-6 places on the event.
With World No 1 Rory McIlroy heading the field at 9/2, three-time winner Adam Scott trading at 15/2 and recent PGA Grand Slam of Golf winner Padraig Harrington at 25/1, there’ll be no shortage of contenders come tee-off time later tonight.
Racing today comes from Chepstow, Nottingham, Warwick, Kempton, and Fairyhouse.
The most napped horse by the press today is Royal Mile who runs in the 3.40pm at Chepstow. These are some of the selected naps from today’s papers.
- The Irish Field – Sin Bin, 1.30pm Chepstow
- The Daily Mail – Royal Mile, 3.40pm Chepstow
- The Independent – Auntie Kathryn, 12.10pm Nottingham
- The Sun – Cresswell Crusader, 2.00pm Chepstow