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Sea The Stars – Irish Sports Personality of the Year?

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    Imperial Call
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    <b>Punters back Sea The Stars for Irish Sports Personality of the Year</b>

    Bookie Paddy Power has been forced to install Sea The Stars into this year’s Irish Sports Personality of the Year betting following requests from punters on the champion horse.

    Such is the demand for John Oxx’s colt the bookie has made the horse second favourite to win the award at 11/4.

    Whilst it remains to be seen if competition rules will allow RTÉ to enter the horse for their annual award it would appear that such is the popularity of arguably the greatest horse ever seen that there may be a backlash from its thousands of supporters if they restrict the competition to two legged entrants only.

    With Ireland winning their first rugby Grand Slam for 70 years and Leinster the Heineken Cup, the ever popular Brian O’Driscoll is understandably a hot favourite at 1/4 followed by Sea The Stars. And much like his season, the champion horse is a country mile ahead of all the other challengers.

    Beyond those two champions, Kilkenny manager Brian Cody is the nearest challenger at 16/1 whilst star of this year’s Cheltenham Festival Ruby Walsh is 28/1.

    Paddy Power said: ‘Sea The Stars has been well requested today since his historic 2000 Guineas, Derby, and Arc treble forcing us to make him a very live contender at 11/4. It’s pretty much a two horse race – and it’s the first time you can say, for once, that 50% of that old phrase is actually true!’

    Horses have fared well in sports awards before with Bob Champion and Aldiniti winning Team of the Year in the BBC’s 1981 honours.

    RTE Irish Sports Personality of the Year
    1/4 Brian O’Driscoll
    11/4 Sea The Stars
    16/1 Brian Cody
    20/1 Olive Loughnane
    28/1 Ruby Walsh
    33/1 Tommy Walsh
    33/1 Katie Taylor
    50/1 Robbie Keane
    80/1 BAR

    Source: http://www.rte.ie/sport/2009/1006/paddypower_isp_seathestars.html

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    Brings back memories of Red Rum over here all those years ago. Can’t somehow see Sea the Stars performing live at the show, though with a television link to Mick Kinane.

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    Cav
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    No Irish sportsman has ever deserved this award more than Brian O’ Driscoll imo.

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    wallace-no7
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    IN BOD WE TRUST

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    Venusian
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    Racehorses have won these sorts of awards before, most recently in 2001, when Varenne became Italy’s Athlete of the Year.

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    RTÉ must have put their foot down because they’ve taken him out of the betting introduced Oxx and Kinane into the betting instead

    As good a year as BOD has had for both province and country, I’d give the award to Brian Cody myself. Four consecutive All-Irelands in the modern era is a phenomenal achievement. If Kilkenny do the five in a row next year he’ll have achieved something that even Micko and his great Kerry team couldn’t do. The man should be running the country!

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    RTÉ must have put their foot down because they’ve taken him out of the betting introduced Oxx and Kinane into the betting instead

    As good a year as BOD has had for both province and country, I’d give the award to Brian Cody myself. Four consecutive All-Irelands in the modern era is a phenomenal achievement. If Kilkenny do the five in a row next year he’ll have achieved something that even Micko and his great Kerry team couldn’t do. The man should be running the country!

    In the modern era…..

    There will only be Kilkenny and Tipp playing hurling in a couple of years.

    SHL

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