Evening update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
It was a disastrous opening day for Mark Cavendish who was the big favourite to claim gold for team GB in the men’s road race. It wasn’t to be though as Kazakhstan’s Alexandr Vinokourov triumphed in a sprint finish followed by Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran, and Norway’s Alexander Kristoff. The Manxman was well supported by his British team-mates and by the hundreds of fans that lined the streets but ended up finishing well down the field.
Swimming champion Michael Phelps didn’t have it all his own way either as he almost missed out on qualifying for the 400 metre individual medley. He scraped through last in eight place with a time of four minutes 13.33seconds. The American is going to have to up his game if he wants a similar medal haul to the one he had in Beijing four years ago.
Lewis Hamilton will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole after a blistering qualifying session. The McLaren driver is 62 points behind the Championship leader Fernando Alonso but the Budapest track is notoriously difficult to overtake on which will play into the Englishman’s hands.
Lotus driver Sebastian Grosjean will be alongside Hamilton at the front of the grid with Sebastian Vettel in third and Jenson Button fourth. Vettel’s team-mate Mark Webber is all the way down in eleventh to top a difficult day for Red Bull who hold a 53-point advantage in the constructor’s championship.
Hamilton was the only driver to clock a time of less than one-minute-and-21-seconds.
There are meetings tonight at Lingfield (5.55pm – Good to firm) and Salisbury (6.10pm – Good to firm, firm in places)
The Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes was won by Roger Varian’s Sri Putra at 12/1. Neil Callan timed the ride perfectly to beat the 9/4 favourite Afsare by a neck and the 6/1 Side Glance a further three and 3/4 lengths back in third.
The World Matchplay is at the semi-final stage with some cracking contests lined up for tonight. In the first bout James ‘The Machine’ Wade, who threw very well to beat nine-dart hero Mighty Mike yesterday, faces Terry Jenkins. The Bull has found some serious form and has been the underdog in every round so far beating Kim Huybrechts, Raymond Van Barneveld and Adrian Lewis to get to this stage.
In the other clash 12-time Matchplay champion Phil Taylor takes on the local lad Ronnie Baxter. The Power will be looking to reach yet another Matchplay final and record his fifth title in a row.