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Betting news: England, Ireland, Obama, Hughes

by Sean Goff | October 17, 2012

Football

Someone forgot to shut the roof in Poland and all the rain got in so England’s crucial World Cup qualifier has been rescheduled for 4pm this afternoon in Warsaw even though doubts remain that the pitch will be playable.

Montenegro joined England at the top of Group H after a 1-0 away win in the Ukraine while Moldova condemned San Marino to another international defeat albeit by a more respectable 2-0 scoreline.

The Republic of Ireland got over their 6-1 hiding by Germany by handing out one of their own away to the Faroe Islands as speculation about whether manager Giovanni Trapattoni will remain as manager continues despite the 4-1 win that leaves Ireland third in Group C.

Germany top the group but let slip a 4-0 lead to Sweden to leave ‘acca’ punters tearing their hair out. Austria beat Kazakhstan 4-0.

Those who traded the long odds got even more of a shock in Group F where lowly Northern Ireland held CR7 & Co. to a 1-1 draw in Lisbon. Portugal needed a 79 -minute equaliser after Niall McGinn had given the North a 30th-minute lead.

Scotland and Wales both went down to Belgium and Croatia respectively to leave them propping up Group A and Scots’ boss Craig Levein most likely facing a stint down the job centre after the Scottish FA refused to confirm he would be in charge for the next game.

World champions Spain drew 1-1 with France who had Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud to thank for a 90th minute leveller while Cesc Fabregas missed a penalty for the reigning champions.

US Presidential election

US President Barack Obama got back in the game last night in the second televised debate against Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

The Commander-in-Chief was clearly stung by the criticism after his lack-lustre performance in Round One but and came out fighting on the economy, immigration and gun control.  President Obama has hardened to 4/11 to be returned for a second term in office.

Racing

Richard Hughes followed up Monday’s Magnificent Seven with a treble from six rides at Leicester yesterday and the bookies are taking stock of his four rides at Lingfield today.

Hughes rides Jubilee Diamond in the 2pm, Orpen’arry (3.00) Valiant (4.05) Poetic Lord (5.10). Hughes cost Paddy a cool €1 million on Monday after he became only the second jockey to ride seven winners on one card in England at odds of 10,168/1.

Today’s meeting at Punchestown has been abandoned but racing goes ahead in the UK at Lingfield, Wetherby, Nottingham and Kempton.

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