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The Punter: Susan Boyle must be Flawless

Scottish spinster Susan Boyle has taken talent singing to a new level and punters are shovelling the money on her to walk away with the ‘Britain’s Got Talent ‘ £100,000 prize and sing before the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance.

The Scottish spinster is currently the red-hot favourite at 1-2 to win outright after her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables.

William Hill say they have taken more than 3,000 bets on her to win the ITV show.

But it is not as straight forwards as it seems. Yes, she has the voice of an angel and where the talent has been hiding all these years - she is 47 - is something of a mystery.

However, another singing talent has emerged in 12-year-old Welsh schoolboy Shaheen Jafargholi who is second favourite at 11-4.

And what about his performance? He comes on to sing an Amy Winehouse song and is stopped by Simon Cowell in mid-steam as if having lost it. Shock all round but then he is allowed to sing another song, this time one from Michael Jackson and the kid becomes a potential a star in the making. What was going on there and was it pre-arranged? After all, how did they know to have the Michael Jackson music just at hand, so to speak. Maybe I’m being too cynical.

The organisers of this show don’t want a singer of any kind as the winner. There will be more than enough of those chanting before "Her Maj” which brings us to the best bet so far in 6-1 called Flawless. A dance troupe, they more than lived up to their name with a display that was jaw-dropping and unique to say the least.

Have a few quid on them.

Coming back to Susan, several lumpy bets have been struck on the unemployed church volunteer and already she has attained international acclaim.

Graham Sharpe of William Hill said: "Around 93% of the bets we have received for Britain's Got Talent have been for Susan and the turnover is into five figures. We have had some bets of several thousand pounds which is unusual for reality television, as it is based on the reaction of the judges and the public."

Susan Boyle Specials

Singles only:

9-4: Perform on American Idol in 2009/2010;

3-1: To top the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 2009;

4-1: Susan to top the US Billboard 200 Album chart;

5-1: Susan to win a Grammy in 2010;

6-1: Susan to go to the White House to meet President Obama in 2009;

8-1: To star in a Broadway show in 2009/2010;

8-1: Perform at the Grammy’s in 2010;

10-1: To move to Vegas to perform in 2010;

10-1: To appear in Demi Moore's next film;

12-1: To appear in The Simpsons in 2010;

12-1: A Hollywood movie to be made about Susan by 2012;

20-1: Susan to release a duet with Ashton Kutcher in 2009/2010;

500-1: To date Mel Gibson;

1000-1: Susan to model as a centrefold for Playboy in 2009;

All available up to Friday.

Specials up to May 25:

1-10: Susan Boyle to get a record deal with Simon Cowell in 2009;

10-11: To have a UK No.1 single in 2009/2010;

5-4: To have a UK number 1 album in 2009/2010;

5-1: To out-sell Paul Potts in album record sales before the end of 2010;

10-1: To star in a West End production of Les Miserables in 2009/2010;

16-1: To top the Xmas No.1 singles charts in 2009.

Aidan’s Derby Glory

Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle yard may have had a quiet start to the new Flat season but he demonstrated again on Sunday that he carries some mighty ammunition for the season’s big prizes.

Unbeaten three-year-old Fame and Glory can live up to that name come Epsom and Derby Day on June 9.

His performance, when he needed the run in winning the Group 1 Ballysax Stakes at the Curragh, marked him down as the one they may all have to beat come the big day.

Available at 16-1 for the Derby prior to Sunday’s race, he has been slashed downto 8-1 with William Hill in view of the manner of his victory when giving rivals, including the highly thought of Mourayan, 5lbs in weight due to his Group 1 success last November in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud, speaks volumes.

The last horse to concede a penalty and win the Ballysax was High Chaparal in 2002 - trained by O’Brien of course - while Gallileo also took the Ballysax before going on to Epsom and Irish Derby glory.

So the pattern is there for all to see and this son of Irish Derby, King George VI Stakes and Arc winner Montjeu, has all the qualities required to follow Motivator and Authorised, both Derby winners in 2005 and 2007 sired by Montjeu, as was Frozen Fire last year’s Irish Derby hero.

The Derby favourite however remains Crowded Hosue at 6-1 but expect that to change if Fame and Glory wins the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trail or the Dante at York next month.

O’Brien said after the race: “It was a big step up for him from a maiden to win a Group 1 at Saint Cloud last season and hence with his penalty, this was a good performance at Leopardstown.”

Jockey Johnny Murtagh added: “He’s a really nice colt and that was a solid performance. He stays well and has everything going for him.”

Take that 8-1 as soon as possible as it is likely to shrink in the coming weeks. An alternative each-way tip is Neeham from John Gosden’s yard at 16-1.

Epsom Derby (William Hill): 6-1 Crowded House, 8-1 Fame and Glory (from 16-1), Sea The Stars, 12-1 Black Bear Island, Rip Van Winkle, 14-1 Kite Wood, Masterofthehorse, 16-1 Neeham, 20-1 Age of Aquarius,Freemantle, Mourayan, Rockhampton, 25-1 Ashram, Byzantine, Free Agent, Gam Amhras, Sans Frontiers, Glass Harmonium, Indian Ocean, Native Ruler, Rayeni, Taameer, 33-1 Desert Creek, Drumbeat, Hail Caesar, Vitruvian Man, Vocalised, 40-1 La De Two, Mastery, Ryehill Dreamer, 50-1 Father Time, Four Winds, Popmurphy, Palavinci, Quai D'Orsay, Ruler of All, Shaweel, Toraidhe, 66-1 bar (Others On Request) (E/W 1-2-3)

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The bookmaking industry was breathing a huge sigh of relief at Everton’s FA Cup semi-final ‘quadbusting’ win over Man United.

It ended all those 300-1 wagers on the Red Devils winning four trophies this season - excluding the World Championship.

The cleansweep was always going to be handicapped by Sir Alex Ferguson’s approach to the FA Cup.

Of course he wanted to win it - that was obvious from his fury at being denied a penalty in normal time - but he must know that if he had played Wayne Rooney or Cristiano Ronaldo, he would surely have been in the final.

United are 7-2 to end up with only the Carling Cup but are just 4-7 with Hill’s that they will win either the Premier League or the Champions League. I would take the latter bet.

Everton, meanwhile, are now 7-4 to deny Chelsea in the final.

Belfast Telegraph