Paddy Power seemed genuinely surprised by what it called the ‘freakish’ results, which demonstrate the fickle fortunes of the gambling sector. Last year, Ireland’s typically patriotic punters had a field day, with a record 10 victories by Irish horses at Cheltenham, an Irish victor in the Grand National and a Triple Crown for the country in rugby’s Six Nations.
This year though, Paddy Power had its revenge, with Irish horses faring badly at Cheltenham, and lightly-backed outsiders winning a string of sporting events, including the Masters and US Open. And of course the Republic of Ireland’s football team beat Denmark 4-0 the other day. No-one would have thought to put money on that. Israel beating England on Saturday, however, now that's another story.