Back in August I highlighted in this column to all the Liverpool fans living in Galway that John Mulholland was top industry price in the betting world at 33/1 for the Premier League title and invited such fans to make their annual donations to one of the bookies favourite earners.
Twenty-four years it’s paid John Mul and his brethren a steady return, but suddenly it looks like Brendan Rogers’ men may give the betting industry a few sleepless nights. Liverpool fans are one of two largest supported clubs in betting terms, but unlike Man Utd, their odds are always larger meaning higher liabilities for the same stakes. That 33/1 was well supported and suddenly John Mulholland is looking at a five figure liability if they go on and win this season’s title.
The Merseyside club and Arsenal are the only challengers that kept their manager and contain a settled squad from last season and it’s certainly told with both making blistering starts.
It’s now 15/8 that either Arsenal or Liverpool lift the title and now a scarcely believable 1/2 that one of the three antepost favourites Chelsea, Man City or Man Utd can claw them back and win in May. Saturday’s draw against Everton was another decent result and Liverpool now face Hull, Norwich, Tottenham and Cardiff before Christmas. Arsenal must face Everton, Man City and Chelsea before Santa comes down that chimney. With no Europe to worry about, Liverpool is a right Christmas cracker at 7/2 to sit top of the table come December 25th.
Grab a Grand
This weekend is one of the best in the National Hunt season outside the festivals with Newbury hosting the Hennessy, Newcastle staging the Fighting Fifth, while Fairyhouse has three Grade 1s on Sunday. All races are included in John Mulholland’s naps competition and I hoped a few of you took my advice on Gevrey Chambertin last weekend.
The Hennessy has been won by Gold Cup winners like Bob’s Worth and Denman but only the Irish trained Lord Windermere has that kind of potential but I have my doubts he’s top drawer.
My selection is Rocky Creek and hopefully it will be a more solid choice than the name suggests. If the ground is typical winter soft take Melodic Rendezvous in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle against Champion Hurdle favourite The New One and My Tent or Yours.