Hollywood star Colm Meaney ramps up the Irish-British rivalry in Paddy Power advert ahead of Cheltenham Festival

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WITH the Cheltenham Festival simply round the nook, Paddy Power have ramped up the Anglo-Irish rivalry.

In an advert fronted by Hollywood star Colm Meaney, Irish frustrations about their English neighbours are underlined in no unsure phrases.

From hijacking the use of ‘banter’, to continuously mocking how the Irish say “thirty-three” and even bemoaning the incapability of the English to pour a great pint.

Yet, as Meaney highlights, the Irish will all the time have the satisfaction of coming to Cheltenham yearly to observe their horses slam England’s.

Last 12 months’s competition was one of the most lopsided in historical past, with Ireland taking the Prestbury Cup 23-5 over the 4 days.

And many are predicting an analogous end result this 12 months, with Irish horses filling the prime spots in the marketplace for 23 of the assembly’s 28 races.


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What will likely be completely different his 12 months although is the return of the travelling military of Irish followers to Prestbury Park.

Last 12 months’s assembly passed off behind closed doorways as a result of Covid-19 restrictions however subsequent week will see a return to the packed enclosures and stands with which the competition is greatest related.

The Anglo-Irish rivalry ought to already be at fever pitch come subsequent Tuesday, with the international locations set to satisfy in the Six Nations at Twickenham this Saturday.

Spokesman Paddy Power stated: “There’s solely so many potato jokes us Irish can take earlier than it will get a bit boring. So, for one week every year, it’s good to go over to Cheltenham and put the English again in their field.

“And, with England and Ireland additionally dealing with one another in the Six Nations the weekend earlier than Cheltenham, there’s an actual alternative for a full sporting takeover.

“We’d like to thank Colm Meaney for being the star of the show, and we’re sure that featuring in an ad complaining that Brits serve baked beans with fries definitely tops his other career highs, such as staring alongside Gerrard Butler and Jamie Foxx in Law Abiding Citizen.”

Looking to the Cheltenham Festival, Paddy Power continued: “We’re expecting another successful Festival from Ireland, with Irish horses favourites for almost every race – not least because of the incredible Rachael Blackmore, who is very definitely Irish by the way. Don’t even think about it.”

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