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Saturday 19 August 2017

'It's killing me not being there,' says Daithi O Se, despite charity win

Daithi O Se
Daithi O Se

He may be miles away from the festival but broadcaster Daithi O Se is still raking in the winnings.

O Se, a regular Cheltenham visitor, was unable to attend the festival this time around due to work commitments and “daddy duties”.

“It’s killing me. I would love to be out there enjoying the rivalry between Ireland and England and soakign up the atmosphere,” he said. “But I can’t head out because of the show.”

But that hasn’t stopped Daithi from laying down a few bets.

“I backed a few winners so am going home with a few more pennies in the pockets,” he told the Herald.

Yesterday, Daithi and his Today Show co-host Maura Derrane placed €500 from Boyle Sports on The Package in the 4.40pm and bagged an impressive €3,312.

“I’m delighted – all the money will go to the Irish Cancer Society so it was a real feel-good bet,” O’Se said.

Meanwhile, the Cheltenham St Patrick’s Day Derby raised an impressive £150,000 for the Injured Jockey’s Fund.

James Collins came home first on Knight’s Parade.

“It was an easy race because I had the best horse,” he said.

Hayley O’Connor from Ladbrokes came second on Jessica Harrington’s Hurricane Ridge.

“I was screaming as I came towards the finishing line,” she said.

The bookies bounced back on the third day of the Cheltenham Race Festival but not all is recovered.

“We didn’t get out of jail but the judge reduced our sentence,” Paddy Power said.

“It looked like punters were going to dominate yet again after the heavily-backed Vautour destroyed his rivals in the JLT,” Liam Glynn of Boyle Sports added.

“But thankfully we reeled some of the money back – until The Package delivered the goods and ripped up apart.”

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