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Betting suspended on Ray's replacement after three-figure sums placed for Anton

Paddy Power says the largest bet it received was for €300.

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BOOKMAKERS PADDY POWER say they’ve suspended all betting on tho will take Ray D’Arcy’s old slot on Today FM after receiving a number of three figure bets in favour of Anton Savage.

Savage, who already presents a weekend show on the station, had been tipped as one of the front-runners for the role, along with the likes of Sean Moncrieff and 2fm’s Louise McSharry.

“Savage started the weekend as a 4/7 shot but was chopped into 1/6 before the bookie pulled the plug following relentless backing,” Paddy Power said in a statement.

The largest bet received was €300 at 2/5 from an online customer.

Alison Curtis has been hosting the mid-morning weekday show following D’Arcy’s decision to return to RTÉ after 14 years in commercial radio, which was announced last month.

Savage has also covered for the popular broadcaster in the past.

Anton Savage with guests The Nualas. Source: https://twitter.com/SavageSunday

A Today FM spokesperson said last month that management were looking “both internally, at the station, and externally” for D’Arcy’s replacement.

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It was confirmed this week that the presenter’s producer wife Jenny Kelly will be joining him at RTÉ, where he’s set to take over the Radio 1 slot vacated by Derek Mooney from February.

Longtime producer Will Hanafin is also moving to Montrose.

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