Ladbrokes offering a free Boat Race bet to all new customers

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A quarter of a million people will be watching it from the banks of the River Thames and it will be beamed to around nine million television sets – the Boat Race is bigger than ever.

Betting on the Boat Race has become the norm in recent years and with statisticians trawling the history books for any slight advantage, the Boat Race betting has become a profitable market.

It’s a novelty betting market that is turning into a serious betting angle for punters and new customers to Ladbrokes.com who are interested in placing their first Boat Race bet can sign up here and claim up to £60 in free bets.

Significant money (90% of the market) is being placed on Cambridge to win and retain their title this year which is why they are the odds-on 8/13 shots to beat Oxford.

As the heavier crew by 13lbs, many believe that the Oxford crew is too lightweight to challenge the light blue crew of Cambridge, although should they win the toss and start on the Surrey side of the Thames, the Boat Race odds could change significantly.

Reports that the Dark Blues are performing strongly in their practice runs has seen the odds for Oxford to win cut into 6/5 and as there are only five victories separating Cambridge’s 80 wins to Oxford’s 75th, the Boat Race betting should rightly be tight.

With just one dead heat in the history of the 157 Boat Races, the 100/1 for the race to finish in a dead heat seems unlikely, but it could be a profitable earner if Oxford make up the 1lb difference on the Cambridge crew.

With perfect weather conditions expected on Saturday, we’re in for a great day and a Boat Race bet is a great way to enhance the experience.

A £20 stake on Oxford winning by 2 1/4 lengths or less would return £100. New customers can sign up here to get up to £60 in free bets.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.