By Josh Powell | Cheltenham Festival 2013
Wayne Rooney is seventh in the footballing rich list released by Goal.com on Monday morning. His measly £50 million (ahem) fortune is loose change to table-toppers like David Beckham and Lionel Messi, but Wazza can bump himself up the list with our industry-best treble on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.
A £10 treble on Jezki, Hurricane Fly and Colour Squadron returns a whopping £1,155 with Paddy Power, if they all oblige. It would be one hell of a way to kick-start the Festival on day one.
The same treble with Ladbrokes would return a pitiful £648 and Boylesports, William Hill, Bet365 and Bet Victor all drop under the grand mark. If this treble comes in punters will be glad they bet with Paddy and the boss will be on bread and water for the next three months.
The shareholders are already panicking and the Cheltenham Festival hasn’t begun. Paddy Power is taking on 14-time Group One winner Hurricane Fly in the Champion Hurdle. Sprinter Sacre left Paddy a broken man 12 months ago and Christmas could be cancelled again as Paddy is giving Money-Back on all losers if The Fly regains his crown.
Plenty of money has been going on the favourite as we discovered when we dug around in Paddy’s database. More than a quarter of punters’ money has been ploughed on to Hurricane Fly but the most has gone on 7/2 shot Zarkandar.
Last year’s Champion Hurdle winner Rock On Ruby and International Hurdle winner Grandouet have seen similar amounts of support. But nobody wants to go near Binocular who was convincingly beaten by Hurricane Fly at Leopardstown in January.
We are less than 24 hours away from the roar as the Cheltenham Festival begins and everyone at Power Tower is understandably giddy. Well, almost everyone. Paddy is rocking in the corner of his office, beads of sweat running down his face, watching Hurricane Fly’s demolition in the 2011 Champion Hurdle.
Chin up, boss.