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Jenkins coup helps punters bite back.

BOOKMAKERS were barking mad yesterday after a shaggy dog story involving Co Stompe saw them pay a heavy price, writes Steve Davies.

Punters were quickly on the scent of a coup when they got wind of news that Stompe had been bitten by a dog belonging to former Holland international Aron Winter just a couple of days before his second-round assignment at the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship against Terry Jenkins.

Stompe arrived at Alexandra Palace yesterday with a hole in his throwing hand courtesy of Winter's callous canine and the layers had a massive hole in their books as punters backed Jenkins in from 1-2 to 2-7 at the outset.

Although Stompe didn't appear hugely perturbed by the injury, Jenkins duly got up 4-1 to leave the layers growling with displeasure.

Jenkins said: "I had a sneaky look in the practice room to see if his hand was bothering him but he was still banging in the sixties. He told me it wasn't bothering him anyway."

The Jenkins coup was revenge of a kind for punters who had badly miscalculated the extent of Simon Whitlock's ankle injury prior to the Aussie's firstround match against Dennis Smith and backed Smiffy off the boards. Whitlock went on to win the match 3-0.
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 28, 2011
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