PARADE: A Bathurst 1000 win? Don’t bet on it

THEY do say you should follow the money.

So Parade took more than a passing interest when the latest race betting for the Bathurst 1000 passed across his desk this week.

At the shortest odds of $4.20 was Holden’s Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell, according to the figures Parade saw, and next shortest, at $5, was Ford’s Scott McLaughlin and Alex Premat.

Holden’s Shane van Gisbergen and Matt Campbell were at $6 and Craig Lowndes and Steven Richards were a bit further back again at $11.

So there’s a bit of a guide for how the punters are thinking as the countdown continues to the Great Race.

There aren’t many sleeps left now.

Pye is at the pub for Paddy’s walk

THE Paddy’s Pub To Pub Tour continues to gather pace.

Sydney teacher Patrick O’Shea will walk through the Central Tablelands – and along the coast in Sydney’s eastern suburbs – next week as a way to remember his late wife Michelle Hanrahan, a Bathurst girl, and to raise money for the Love Your Sister Foundation for cancer research.

Mr O’Shea will walk from Black Springs to Bathurst from next Tuesday to Thursday, breaking his journey at the communities along the way.

The latest update Parade received this week is that the charity walk has now raised $4500 already – and that’s without a step being taken yet.

The O’Connell Hotel is planning a special night next Wednesday, September 27 in honour of Mr O’Shea staying the night during his tablelands walk.

Oberon’s well-known country music artist Mickey Pye, a former Star Maker winner at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, will be playing live and those at the pub will be encouraged to help raise money for Love Your Sister while they enjoy the entertainment.

The fun will kick off at the pub at 6.30pm.

Those who want to find out more about the walk and its route can find the Paddy’s Pub To Pub Tour on Facebook.