Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

The Punter: Sporting stars aim to be in spotlight

Ulster's former top jockey Richard Dunwoody is 25-1 to win this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

However having never previously been known for his twinkle toes, he is also available at 14-1 to ‘fall at the first’ and take a tumble on his opening show.

With the names finally confirmed, Paddy Power have installed Martina Hingis as the 7-2 favourite to win as the former tennis star is well used to fancy footwork on the courts to master the dancefloor.

Rivals William Hill are shorter on Dundwoody at 20-1 but longer on Hingis at a massive 10-1. They maker former boxing World Champion Joe Calzaghe favourite at 9-2 but are only 5-1 about Dunwoody being the first to be eliminated.

The BBC event has plenty of sporting competitors and it is 6-4 for any one of them to win.

Strictly Come Dancing William Hill: 9-2 Joe Calzaghe, 6-1 Jade Johnson, 6-1 Ricky Whittle, 8-1 Phil Tufnell, 8-1 Zoe Lucker, 9-1 Rav Wilding, 10-1 Craig Kelly, 10-1 Laila Rouass,10-1 Martina Hingis, 10-1 Natalie Cassidy, 14-1 Ali Bastian, 16-1 Ricky Groves, 16-1 Chris Hollins, 20-1 Richard Dunwoody, 20-1 Lynda Bellingham, 25-1 Jo Wood (EW 1/4 1,2,3).

Sportsperson to win: 6-4.

Paddy Power: 7-2 Martina Hingis; 5-1 Joe Calzaghe; 6-1 Jade Johnson, Ali Bastian; 8-1 Laila Rousass, Craig Kelly, 10-1 Zoe Lucker; 12-1 Rav Wilding; 14-1 Ricky Whittle; 18-1 Natalie Cassidy; 20-1 Phil Tufnell, Jo Wood, 25-1 Richard Dunwoody, Chris Hollins; 33-1 Ricky Groves; 50-1 Lynda Bellingham.