FORMER Angler’s Mail-Kamasan Matchman of the Year Neil Machin went into this weekend’s mega money Fish’O’Mania match as the slight favourite… until the vital draw was made for pegs!

Totesport.com have had the Stoke star, who won the £25,000 Mania title in 2006, as the man to beat at Staffordshire’s Cudmore fishery on Saturday. Sunday will see a Champions of Champions Mania showdown.

Bag ‘Em Baits and Garbolino maestro Neil led the way for this, the 17th Mania final, at 5/1, and will hope to do it again in front of Sky Sports cameras at a venue he knows very well.

Another former Angler’s Mail Matchman of the Year, Daiwa hauler Kieron Rich of Dudley, was second favourite at 6/1. Also a Bag ‘Em Baits man, he’s been a Mania finalist in 2005 and 2006.

The oldest man in the field, 1989 World Champion, Yorkshire legend and popular Preston Innovations consultant Tom Pickering, was third favourite at 13/2. The same odds were listed by totesport.com for Middy and Dynamite Baits’ bagger Rob Wootton, from Leicestershire, who was runner-up last year. 

Totesport’s Paul Dunning said: ‘The peg draw is likely to determine how competitive the contest will be but if I had to make a choice now, then I’ve got a feeling that it could be Rob Wootton’s time after finishing runner-up last year.”

Can Neil Machin win the £25K match again?

 

The pre-draw Mania odds…

5/1 Neil Machin
6/1 Kieron Rich
13/2 Tom Pickering
13/2 Rob Wootton
9/1 Luke Bamford
10/1 Neil McKinnon
12/1 Tim Bull
14/1 Steven Bamford
14/1 Sean Huggins
16/1 Stuart Ballard
16/1 Andy Benwell
16/1 Ben Emery
16/1 Ray Hayward
16/1 Richie Hoskins
16/1 Andy North
16/1 Stephen Seaborn

UPDATE: Odds change straight after the draw…

Friday’s draw saw a big change in who was fancied for the showdown, being televised by Sky Sports 2.

Ray Hayward’s odds dropped from 20/1 to 4/1 after pulling out peg 16 at Cudmore, where Matt Hall won last year…and other bookies’ prices changed too.

Estate agent manager Ray, 49, from Somerton, Somerset, qualified from his local Viaduct Fishery way back in April with 136 lb and knows how to haul. But so do the whole field!!

Here are the post-draw details: pegs, names, and odds…

Peg   Angler      Odds

1. Stuart Ballard 12/1 
2. Sean Huggins 12/1
3. Andy Benwell 16/1 
4. Neil McKinnon 12/1 
5. Andy North 20/1 
6. Rob Wootton 7/1 
7. Kieron Rich 7/1 
8. Tim Bull 12/1 
9. Steven Bamford 12/1 
10. Richard Hoskins 20/1
11. Neil Machin 7/1 
12. Tom Pickering 7/1 
13. Stephen Seaborn 25/1 
14. Luke Bamford 10/1 
15. Ben Emery 6/1 
16. Ray Hayward 4/1

Post-draw favourite Ray Hayward

 

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