Snakebite ready to strike

Peter WrightPeter Wright is desperate to put on a strong showing towards the end of the year, starting with the upcoming World Grand Prix (Wright 22/1 – Outright Betting).

The 44-year-old kicked off the year in sensational fashion with a run to the final of the World Championship, only to lose out to Michael van Gerwen.

‘Snakebite’ then kept up his stellar form in the early part of the Premier League and topped the table after the first few weeks.

He eventually fell away and failed to reach the play-offs but has won two events during the year and now sits fourth in the world rankings.

It has been a meteoric rise to fame for the Scottish-born extrovert but his form has been inconsistent of late, with nothing better than a quarter-final appearance to show for his efforts anywhere in the world.

And the Mendham resident is determined to do something about it with so many top tournaments on the horizon.

“It’s been an up-and-down season,” he said. “I’ve won a Players Championship event and the European Darts Open which are hard to win. But then I’m going out in the first round and I’m thinking ‘what’s going on?’

“I’ve got a target on my back now. However, I’m world number four and it’s about time I started playing like it.”

Wright will kick off his Dublin campaign against Jamie Cavan on Tuesday and is a strong favourite to progress to round two (Wright 4/7, Cavan 11/8 – Match Prices).

But it is open to debate just how far he will go with the likes of 2/1 favourite Phil Taylor, Van Gerwen (3/1), Gary Anderson (9/1) and Adrian Lewis (10/1) all set to toe the oche at the Citywest Hotel.

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