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Charity to receive €5000 as Paddy Power takes on NFL star Wes Welker

The bookmaker and Welker’s horses go head-to-head this Saturday.

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A CHARITY IS in line for a €5000 windfall this weekend as an Irish bookmaker and Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker have raised the stakes ahead of the July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

Paddy Power, whose mother Sabena owns Slade Power and Sole Power, has agreed to pay the money to a charity of the NFL star’s choice if either is beaten by Welker’s horse – Undrafted – in the Group One contest.

However, if Undrafted finishes behind both horses, Special Olympics Ireland is in line to receive the cash.

Paddy Power said:

“Wes has shown just what a good sport he is by accepting my charity Twitter challenge and I very much look forward to meeting him at the July Course and hopefully, picking up a nice cheque from him for a worthy cause.”

The deal came about after the following exchange on Twitter:

Undrafted – so-named because Welker went undrafted out of college before rising to the top in the NFL – won $300,000 just last month on the same day California Chrome missed out on the Tripe Crown.

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