Punters still convinced Michael D can do it despite Gallagher's lead in polls
Published 25/10/2011 | 05:00
Punters are continuing to plump for Michael D Higgins to be the next president despite three opinion polls over the past few days showing Sean Gallagher as a "certainty" for the Aras, writes Tom Brady.
Bookmaker Paddy Power has decided to ignore the money and maintain Mr Higgins at 5-2 in the wake of the outcome of the polls. Spokesman Ken Robertson said last night: "This is almost unique for us to hold the price when the money says otherwise. But we have to take account of the polls."
Several three-figure bets were wagered on Mr Higgins yesterday after more substantial bets last week. But Mr Gallagher remains tight favourite at 1-4.
Martin McGuinness is available at 50-1, David Norris and Gay Mitchell at 66-1 and outsiders Mary Davis and Dana Rosemary Scallon are at 300-1.
Since the start of the year prices at Paddy Power show that there have been three different favourites over the past 10 months.
Mr Higgins was at the top of the betting in January, February, June, July, part of August, September and part of October.
David Norris held the favourite tag during August, April and May, while Mr Gallagher came into his own with a late run in the past three weeks.