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Betting News on London 2012, Ferdinand and Galway

by Sean Goff | July 30, 2012

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Evening update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport

Olympics

Caitlin McClatchey leads Britain’s medal hopes in the women’s 200m freestyle swimming heats earler today after qualifying for the semi-finals. The former 2006 Commonwealth champion was joint seventh fastest for Monday evening’s contest.  

Great Britain’s women’s hockey captain Kate Walsh will find out later if she will play any further role at London 2012. The 32-year-old had a plate fitted to her broken jaw on Monday after being injured in the 4-0 win over Japan. Her recovery is being monitored by officials.

Serena and Venus Williams both advanced to the third round of the Women’s singles this afternoon ahead of this evening’s Men’s and Women’s doubles matches later this evening. Roger Federer took just 58 minutes to beat Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-2 6-2.

Football

Rio Ferdinand has been charged by the FA over Twitter comments he made about Ashley Cole at the end of John Terry’s racial abuse trial. Ferdinand has until 4pm on Thursday to respond to the charge of ‘improper conduct’.

Ferdinand faces a heavy fine or suspension if found guilty. Last week, Terry was also charged by the FA after being found not guilty at his magistrate’s trial.

And in what could be devastating news for Arsenal fans Andrey Arshavin may yet stay at the club. Gunners manager Arsene Wenger will hold talks with the Russian striker who has fallen foul of Arsenal fans with some misplaced comments about the club.  

Nicklas Bendtner of Paddy Power pants fame is also on the move from both the Gunners and Sunderland where he spent last season on loan.  Galatasary or Malaga are likely to secure the Dane’s signature.

Racing

Three races and two winners for the Dermot Weld team as the Galway Festival got under way earlier this afternoon.

Paddy Power columnist Ruby Walsh got off the mark on Train of Thought at 4pm and Pat Smullen later followed up on Thunder Mountain in the 5.0. In between Denis Hogan sent out top-weight Kelellshan to land the handicap hurdle.

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, Uttoxeter (5.50) and Wolverhampton (6.00) provide the evening’s action in Britain.

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