The docket I’ve been holding since it was given to me as a birthday present is been moved to an even safer place than heretofore. To remind you, it’s for a €20 double: Bob’s Worth to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Ireland ruggers to win the Six-Nations.
The Nicky Henderson-trained horse’s odds remain as they appear on the Paddy Power slip of paper, 2/1, but the 6/1 about Ireland has long gone. Joe’s team are now just behind England and France in the betting, the result of them having wiped the floor with Scotland and, on Saturday last, Wales, the latter a victory as tasty as you would want.
The two wins came at The Aviva; next up is the first of two visits to the lion’s den. It’s Twickers for the meeting with England on Saturday week, and on March 14, the game – when everything will be up for grabs? - with France is listed for Pau (wherever that is). In between, on March 8, Italy come to Dublin.
q Dunleer’s Dickie Kieran, a good friend of this column, was in contact to say that the Wallace brothers, David, Paul and Richard, mentioned here recently in the piece which queried if two brothers had ever scored tries in the same International, have a strong Louth connection.
Dickie writes: “I’m sure you know that their mother is a Conachy, sister of Joe and aunt of Thomas, who played with Stabannon Parnells.”
I didn’t, Dickie, and thanks for letting us know. It’s getting better for the Wee County. First there was Colm Callan, from Togher, a member of the 1949 Triple Crown-winning side, and then in more recent times the Kearneys and Devin Toner. Now we can lay a wee claim to Wallaces, who are in the Guinness Book of Records as the only three siblings to have played with the Lions.