By Josh Powell | Cheltenham Festival 2013
Sugar Ray Robinson. Muhammed Ali. Rocky Marciano. These are all fellas who lit up the world of sport and knocked out most of the competition.
And now you can add Paddy Power to that list.
He doesn’t have the legs to pull off shorts. He certainly doesn’t have an entourage and the only time he has ever stepped into a ring was in Laganas in 2001. There was a lot of jelly involved but we’re not really allowed to talk about it. What Paddy is doing is pummeling the opposition when it comes to pricing up the Cheltenham Festival.
Paddy is now the stand-out best price on favourites at Cheltenham, going top-price on 15 of the 27 favourites. Bet365 are top price on just two and Bet Victor aren’t top price on any.
There are just two weeks before the roar and Cheltenham starts again. Paddy Power is leading the way and was one of the first bookies to price up every single race at the Festival. It is like Christmas, your birthday and a hot-tub party with the Saturdays all rolled into one for racing fans and Paddy is promising to put more money back in to the pockets of punters.
If you put a £10 treble on Hurricane Fly, Point Alexandre and Sprinter Sacre to win and all three obliged you would return more than £120 with Paddy Power. That is furlongs ahead of Paddy’s competitors and £20 more than you’d get with Bet365.
Paddy has plenty of love for the multiple-lovers as well. Hurricane Fly, Dynaste and Sprinter Sacre all head the betting in their respective races across the four-day Festival. Outlaw Pete is a 6/1 shot for the Cross Country Chase and is challenging for favouritism.
If you put all four of those in to a Lucky 15 and all four were to romp home the drinks would be on you. Especially if you bet with Paddy Power.
Paddy is paying out more than £285 if that Lucky 15 bet comes in, which is at least £35 more than any other bookie. Labrokes are more than £80 behind Paddy and Skybet would be paying out just over £200 if that Lucky 15 came in.
Paddy Power is leading the way and we’re still 14 sleeps away from the opening roar. It’s squeaky-bum time for the shareholders and the men in white coats are on stand by as Paddy keeps going top-price on the Cheltenham Festival.