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by Josh Powell | May 22, 2012

Frankel and Black Caviar head to Ascot

Frankel made it 10 out of 10 on Saturday in a stunning reappearance at Newbury. Sir Henry Cecil’s super horse once again left Excelebration chasing his tail, seeing off his old rival for the fourth time.

Paddy Power now make Frankel odds on at 4/5 to remain unbeaten for the rest of the season, and after seeing him amaze once again, who would bet against it?

Punters looking for some value with Frankel should be pointed in the direction of Royal Ascot. Alongside the arrival of the record-breaking Australian sprinter Black Caviar the hype around this year’s meeting is off the scale. Paddy Power is currently offering evens that both horses run at Royal Ascot and win! You certainly don’t expect to see two horses of this calibre at that price very often.

Black Caviar is an outstanding animal who has won all 21 races in her career. She now heads to Ascot for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and is the clear 1/2 favourite for the race. Frankel has a choice of races, either the Queen Anne Stakes or the Prince of Wales which is further in trip. Frankel’s stamina has never been tested but the Paddy Power Blog can’t see this horse being beaten if it runs in the Queen Anne.

Between them Frankel and Black Caviar have won 31 races including 17 Group 1 contests. Neither of them have ever tasted defeat and evens for them both to be in the winners circle at Ascot is the equivalent of printing money.

Jedward vs Europe

Eurovision fever has gripped the Paddy Power offices as Jedward look to lead Ireland to victory in Azerbaijan. Admittedly a lot of people would rather pull their own teeth than listen to the lads but fair play to them they are taking Europe by storm. Ireland are 14/1 with Paddy Power to be raking in the “douze pointes” and win the song contest on Saturday.

As for the other frontrunners, Sweden are this years’ clear favourites at 15/8. Controversially the Swedes are avoiding the stereotype of gorgeous blondes and their entry is a scary looking pop singer named Loreen. Her song called Euphoria has already hit the number one spot in Sweden and Norway though so she’s going into the contest full of confidence.

Italy haven’t won the competition for 22 years and they are pinning the nation’s dreams on female solo artist Nina Zilli. The Italians are 7/1 to win the competition, narrowly favoured over 2008 winners Russia who are 8/1. The 75-year-old Engelbert Humperdinck is a popular 10/1 shout to win it for the UK. ‘The King of Romance’ has great previous form, keeping the Beatles off the number one spot in 1967 with his song ‘Release Me’.

Who is heading to Anfield?

The Liverpool job is still up for grabs with a different manager getting backed every time we refresh the page! Roberto Martinez is the current 11/8 favourite for the gig after, ahem, spectacularly guiding Wigan to safety this year.

Andre Villas-Boas is being hotly tipped as well despite his dire spell at Chelsea and he is a 3/1 shot to take over from King Kenny. Fabio Capello is another of the big names being backed by punters in to 4/1 from 7s. Frank Rijkaard has got previous big club management expereince with Barcelona and he is 7/1 to take up the role, but can he really turn Stewart Downing into a half decent winger?

The best of the rest include former Anfield hero Rafa Benitez, and Brendan Rodgers who is rumoured to have already declined the position. Paddy Power has both men at 8/1 to lead next season’s charge and defend the converted League Cup.

It’s scorchio!

Whisper it quietly but summer might have arrived. The shorts and sunglasses are cautiously making an appearance as the sun beats down across the UK and Ireland today.

Temperatures in London are a stunning 27 degrees celsius with highs of 22 in Dublin, the same as Madrid and Lisbon! It is officially scorching. Athens in Greece is still some way ahead of us though with tops of 29 today, but we are getting closer!

Paddy Power are taking bets on how hot it will get on the Emerald Isle this weekend with 14.01 -16 degrees leading the way at 2/1. For the heat wave lovers out there who fancy betting the sun will crack the flags this weekend, more than 20 degrees celsius is 6/1.

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