#Puntoftheweek: Punters rejoice as Annacotty secures Gold at Cheltenham

Annacotty finds enough on the hill to fend off any challengers
Annacotty finds enough on the hill to fend off any challengers
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In a racing dominated weekend, it was Annacotty's brave effort to secure the Paddy Power Gold Cup that collected 39% of your votes to be named #Puntoftheweek...

Results (2,511 votes)

- Annacotty to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup @ 12/1 (39%)
- Sprinter Sacre to win the Shloer Chase @ 15/8 (10%)
- Graeme McDowell to win the OHL Classic @ 33/1 (21%)
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime vs Denmark @ (30%)

Annacotty to win the Paddy Power Gold Cup @ 12/1

The National Hunt season is well and truly back. Cheltenham's November open meeting provided all the excitement we've come love about the jumps season and at the centre of the meeting was the Paddy Power Gold Cup Chase.

Buywise, Monetaire and Kings Palace were among the market leaders earlier in the day with the latter starting the race as favourite. Annacotty opened up at 16/1 on the show, and was soon supported into 12/1 suggesting connections were confident.

Under jockey Ian Popham, Annacotty sat mid-division for most of the race. Popham was forced to apply some pressure four out and it proved effective with Annacotty taking up the lead over the last. Buywise and Sound Investment both challenged on the hill, but Annacotty was game and did enough to hold on.

At the tasty SP price of 12/1, it's easy to see how this was voted as your #PuntoftheWeek

Sprinter Sacre to win the Shloer Chase @ 15/8

There are always some concerns when a horse returns after a long injury. Will he still have what it takes? Is he over his injuries?
Those concerns were put to rest when Sprinter Sacre stretched clear to win by 16 lengths in Cheltenham's Shloer Chase on Sunday.

Trainer Nicky Henderson had been quietly confident that the 2013 Champion Chase winner was showing enough to suggest he was back to his best, and while it may not have been "perfect", it was very nice indeed to see the former champion leave the competition for dead at Prestbury Park.

He wasn't without his supporters either; available at odds of 3/1 earlier in the week, Sprinter went off as the 15/8 favourite for the race.
The support was well justified, with 10% of you going as far as to say it was your best bet of the week.

Graeme McDowell to win the OHL Classic @ 33/1

Rain delays meant it took five days to complete the only PGA Tour event held in Mexico. With three players tied after 72 holes, it also meant a play-off was necessary.

Graeme McDowell overcame Jason Bohn and Russell Knox on the first play-off hole (after a sublime 5-iron to within two feet) to win his first PGA Tour event since April 2013.

The play-off may not have been needed if Knox, leading by one at the time, had been able to Par the 18th. However, a pulled tee-shot and a weak approach resulted in him getting a bogey, and allowing McDowell one more chance at the title.

If we've learned anything from his Ryder Cup heroics, you can't afford to give GMac too many chances. The pre-tournament odds of 33/1 were long gone, as he entered the play-off as the 5/4 favourite, and ultimately delivered much to the joy of 21% of our voters.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime vs Denmark (Sat) @ 13/8

Prior to Saturday's meeting with Denmark, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had scored against 27 different countries, but Denmark was not among them. Not one to be outdone by any person, or country for that matter, it was obvious Zlatan would be on a mission in Stockholm last Saturday.

Mission successful. Sweden were awarded a penalty shortly after half-time and there were no doubts who would take it. Zlatan buried it from the spot to help carry Sweden to Euro 2016. First Goalscorer punters may have felt hard done that he wasn't first on the goal sheet, but those more cautious took advantage of the 13/8 on our Anytime Scorer market.

It seemed popular enough, with 30% of our voters saying it was their best bet of the week.


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