Betting market hots up for Caan’s Dragons Den replacement

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JAMES CAAN has left the Dragons Den prompting bookies Ladbrokes to start taking bets on the identity of his replacement.

The rumours coming out of Television Centre suggest the new Dragon will be female and the current joint favourites at 5/1 are underwear tycoon Michelle Mone and Ann Summers entrepreneur Jacqueline Gold.

With the short-list reading a who’s-who of British business success no candidate can be ruled out and popular Den victor Levi Roots is a 50/1 chance to turn the tables and consider investments. Inventor James Dyson is the shortest priced male at 8/1 with rival budget airline bosses Stelios & Michael O’Leary both 33/1 chances.

Ladbrokes also expect the new Dragon to keep their powder dry until the third episode and don’t envisage them breaking the current record for level of investment in their first series. Suggesting that the new member of the Den may have a gentle introduction to life as a Dragon.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “In opening this book we could be the first to hear any news. If a large cash bet is registered in our Shepherds Bush shop alarm bells will surely start to ring.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Gender of next Dragon
Female – 4/9
Male – 13/8

When will the new Dragon make their first investment?
Episode 1- 3/1
Episode 2 – 4/1
Episode 3-6 2/5
Episode 6+ – 6/1

Will they break the highest ever show investment in their first series? (Currently 250k – Series 6 Theo & Deborah DDN Ltd)
Yes – 6/4
No – 1/2

Next Dragon
Michelle Mone – 5/1
Jacqueline Gold – 5/1
Tamara Mellon – 7/1
James Dyson – 8/1
Sarah Beeney – 9/1
Martha Lane Fox 12/1
Luke Johnson – 16/1
Gordon Ramsay 33/1
Michael O’Leary 33/1
Stelios Haji-Ioannou 33/1
Philip Green – 33/1
Richard Branson 40/1
Levi Roots – 50/1
Simon Cowell – 66/1
Andrew Lloyd-Webber – 80/1
Clive Sinclair – 100/1

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.