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Betting news on Everton, the golf and today’s racing

by Sean Goff | January 7, 2013

Football

Cheltenham and Everton complete the third-round of FA Cup action in the live game on ESPN tonight. Followers of Andy Gray earned themselves a nice-priced 11/1 double when he put up West Ham v Manchester United and Arsenal v Stoke to go to replays over the weekend.

David Moyes’ side won’t want any extra games in their push for a top-four Premier League place and are unbeaten in opening round of the FA Cup for the past four seasons with Leighton Baines scoring three of their 11 goals in that time. And a few Paddy Power punters are sweating on Everton tonight in the third leg of a 5/1 treble Gray put up yesterday.

Manchester City and Chelsea head the outright market for the competition after their wins over Watford and Southampton respectively while Luis Suarez’s ‘Hand of God’ imitation earned Liverpool a trip to Oldham.

Fourth Round draw for the FA Cup:

Norwich v Luton
Oldham v Liverpool
Macclesfield v Wigan/Bournemouth
Derby v Blackburn
Hull/Leyton Orient v Barnsley
Middlesbrough v Aldershot
Millwall v Aston Villa
Leeds/Birmingham v Tottenham
Brighton v Swansea/Arsenal
Crystal Palace/Stoke v Manchester City
West Ham/Manchester United v Fulham/Blackpool
Southend/Brentford v Chelsea
Reading v Sheffield United
Huddersfield v Leicester
QPR/West Brom v Sheffield Wednesday/MK Dons
Bolton/Sunderland v Cheltenham/Everton

Golf

Organisers are now hoping to fit in 36 holes of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions today and 18 tomorrow as high winds wreaked havoc in Hawaii.

What was to be a pleasant warm-up for the new season has turned into a nightmare for the players who have had to kick their heels in the clubhouse with only the thought of some juicy appearance money to console them. If the tournament comes in on schedule it will be the first Tuesday finish to a PGA Tour event since 2006.

Paddy Power bet 12/1 the field that Jason Dufner, Steve Striker, Matt Kucher, Dustin Johnson or Webb Simpson came win their first titl of 2013.

Racing

Paddy was at it again on Saturday refunding €235,000 in his Money-Back Special all losers.

Punters cashed in as the sirens went off for the MBS in the  1.35pm at Chepstow and the 2.40pm at Wincanton.

Ruacana won the 1.35pm at Chepstow at 10/3 and customers who didn’t back the winner got their money back in cold, hard cash. Paddy had to fork out €140,000 to 11,400 customers – and before the men in white coats arrived to take him away he was at it again at Wincanton.

Big Fella Thanks won the 2.40pm race and punters were celebrating again as Paddy refunded all losers. 11, 200 punters benefited as Paddy coughed up an eye-watering €95k.

Just four days after refunding a whopping €150,000 to 14,000 punters on New Year’s Day Paddy made it one hell of a start to 2013 for punters. An he’s not done yet. This Saturday and every Saturday in January Paddy will laugh deliriously at the bean-counters and spit in the eye of the company share price with his Money-Back Special All Losers.

The Welsh Grand National could move to the first Saturday in January on a permanent basis after a thrilling duel between eventual winner Monbeg Dude and TeaforThree in the re-arranged race at Chepstow on Saturday. The winner is not certain to line-up at Liverpool for the Aintree equivalent and heads to Haydock next on February 16th.

Irish hope Flemenstar may yet head to the Cheltenham Gold Cup as Peter Casey’s charge has been entered for the final day feature despite connections initially hinting that he would be trained for the Champion Chase instead. Flemenstar tackles the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown next month and a final decision will be made after that.  Philip Fenton’s Last Instalment won’t be going anywhere though as injury has ruled him out for the season.

Racing today comes from Taunton, Kempton and Wolverhampton and the Sun’s Templegate has napped Tom George’s former Ferdy Murphy-trained  Kellystown Lad (Taunton 3.40) who he reckons is well handicapped over fences.

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