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Sky Bet Betting Blog Posted 8th October 2010 view comments

Owen 2/1 to make the England squad

Michael Owen has this morning spoken of his desire to reclaim a place in the England team and Sky Bet make him just 2/1 to be in the next squad named by Fabio Capello.

Owen recently returned to action for Manchester United but last played for England in March 2008, just after Capello's appointment.

Will Owen play for England again?

Will Owen play for England again?

Meanwhile, Sky Bet Steven Gerrard to captain England against Montenegro on Tuesday. The Liverpool captain is 4/11 to keep the armband, while fit-again Rio Ferdinand is 2/1 to return as skipper.

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Richard Hughes' title odds lengthened after ban upheld

Sky Bet has lengthened Richard Hughes' odds to land the 2010 Flat Jockeys Championship to 9/2 after his appeal to overturn a six-day ban was unsuccessful.

Hughes, who trails Paul Hanagan (now 1/8 to win the title) by 11 winners, had hoped to reduce the severity of the ban he received at Wolverhampton for carless riding; Hughes had interfered with several rivals on his mount Aviso.

Richard Horner, head of Sky Bet Racing, said: "When he was banned, we suspended betting until the ban was upheld.

"He's not going to give up - it's definitely possible he can still win the title as he's getting as many rides as possible."

Hughes had previously floated around the Evens mark to win the title outright before his actions at Wolverhampton on Saturday.

With a Hannigan win now looking even likelier, Sky Bet offer a market on the margin of victory the Malton man will enjoy over Hughes. If a six-day ban is of little consequence to Hughes, Hannigan to win by 1-5 winners is 11/2, and he's 11/4 to win by 6-10 winners.

If the ban does prove problematic for thr 37-year-old Hughes, Hanagan to win the title by over 15 winners is available at 11/4.

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Danny Murphy 25/1 to see red against Tottenham

Danny Murphy is 25/1 with Sky Bet to be sent off against his former club Tottenham after hitting out at managers following a recent streak of dangerous challenges in the Premier League.

The Fulham midfielder labelled some of the tackling in England's top flight as "brainless" and dictated by managers after a Nigel de Jong tackle left Hatem Ben Arfa with a double leg break, while Karl Henry has also come under criticism following a challenge which resulted in a broken leg to Murphy's team-mate Bobby Zamora before being fined by his own club following a horrific challenge on Jordi Gomez.

Following Murphy's outburst, Sky Bet are offering 7/2 for the 33-year-old old to pick up a second booking of the season when the Cottagers face Spurs next Saturday.

Murphy pointed to the likes of Tony Pulis' Stoke, Sam Allardyce's Blackburn and Mick McCarthy's Wolves as the main culprits and is now 50/1 to be signed by any of those managers during the January transfer window.

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Punters see Red in Ces, with Ghimaar out

Ghimaar, a leading fancy at around the 10/1 mark with Sky Bet for the Cesarewitch next Saturday, has been ruled out of the Newmarket marathon by a late setback.

The withdrawal of the 2m5f Goodwood winner leaves Nicky Henderson relying solely on Sentry Duty, a 14/1 chance with Sky Bet to improve on the trainer's fine record in the race.

Henderson's victories with Caraccolia (2008) and Landing Light (2003) have spearheaded the domination of the staying handicap in recent years by jumps trainers who have won six of the last ten renewals.

However, Red Cadeaux (11/1 from 14s) and Ocean's Minstrel (14/1 from 20s) have been backed to reverse the trend for the local Flat yards of Ed Dunlop and John Ryan respectively.

Red Cadeaux, the mount of Johnny Murtagh, will be fitted with blinkers for his rematch with Theola (14/1) and Ocean's Minstrel after splitting the pair in the Cesarewitch trial over course and distance last month.

Matt Doyle of Sky Bet said: 'Murtagh partnered Leg Spinner to win it in 2007 and must see sees many of the same staying qualities in Red Cadeaux, while Ocean's Minstrel met trouble in running when they last met and has also been popular with punters.'

The Irish-trained Admiral Barry is the other mover at the front of the Cesarewitch market with Sky Bet into 7/1 from 8s since news broke of the scratching of the joint third favourite, Ghimaar.

Looking ahead to Saturday's racing, Sky Bet will be paying four places instead of three on the Group 3 Models 1 Bengough Stakes, one of three races shown live from Ascot by Channel4.

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