Ladbrokes SPFL: Your ultimate guide to the 2016 SPFL Mascot Race

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We’ve no doubt you’ve had it marked on your calendar for weeks, maybe even months, but if you’ve somehow forgotten, let us take this moment to remind you that the Ladbrokes SPFL Mascot race is ready to go once again!

This Friday, mascots from up and down the land will take to the starting line at Hamilton Park race course for the annual mad dash.

Will Celtic’s Hoppy the Huddle Hound be first over the line? Is Ayr United’s Pandamonium going to prove too strong?

25/08/16 HAMILTON RACECOURSE - HAMILTON Motherwell mascots Claret and Amber join the Hamilton Racecourse mascot Duke ahead of tomorrow's Mascot Race

Motherwell mascots Claret and Amber join the Hamilton Racecourse mascot Duke ahead of tomorrow’s Ladbrokes SPFL Mascot Race

Or will last year’s controversial winner – home favourite The Duke of Hamilton Racecourse – defend his title?

Ahead of the big race, we’re running the rule – and the odds of course – over this year’s contenders…

The Duke – Hamilton Racecourse – 4/6

MASCOT - Duke Hamilton Racecourse

The home favourite, and going by his odds, the bookies’ favourite too. The Duke sparked enormous controversy last year by winning the race despite not belonging to the club.

He’s back again this year to defend his crown, but can any football mascots stop him and restore parity in the mascot world?

Rocky the Rooster – Airdrieonians – 6/4

MASCOT - Airdrie

Now, with all the greatest respect in the world, Roosters aren’t known for running, or even flying.

But by the look on Rocky’s face, the Airdrie mascot is absolutely ready to rock! He has already been backed in from 20/1 to 6/4…

Cappie the Cat – Greenock Morton – 5/1

06/10/12 IRN-BRU SFL DIV1 MORTON v PARTICK THISTLE (3-1) CAPPIELOW - GREENOCK Morton mascot Cappie the Cat

We’ll be honest here, if Cappie the Cat turns up on the start line with a crutch, while covered in bandages, we’re not sure health and safety will let the Morton mascot run.

Cappie’s been through a lot in his life – he was catknapped and decapitated a few years ago – so if you’re going to back anyone on spirit alone, Cappie the Cat is the one for you.

Amber – Motherwell – 8/1

18/09/04 SPL MOTHERWELL v DUNDEE UTD FIR PARK - MOTHERWELL Amber the Motherwell mascot

We’re not too sure why Amber is such a shorter price than Motherwell mascot twin Claret.

Maybe that pretty little bow holds special running powers?

Hoppy the Huddle Hound – Celtic – 10/1

15/08/04 SCOTSTOUN STADIUM - GLASGOW Hoopy the Huddle Hound mascot of Celtic

He may look loveable and cuddly, but as joint-second favourite at 10/1 Celtic’s Hoppy the Huddle Hound is a mascot to be respected.

He carries the weight of Hoops fans across the globe, so no pressure, Hoppy.

Broxi Bear – Rangers – 10/1

17/10/15 LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP RANGERS v QOTS (2-1) IBROX - GLASGOW Rangers mascot Broxi Bear

This will be a battle within itself as Broxi Bear looks to save Gers’ pride against Hoppy the Huddle Hound.

Tiny Terror – Dundee United – 14/1

Tiny

He may be tiny in name, but Dundee United’s Tiny Terror could be a big winner at 14s.

Sunshine the Leith Lynx – Hibernian – 14/1

24/10/13 EASTER ROAD - EDINBURGH Hibernian striker Paul Heffernan joins club mascot Sunshine the Leith Lynx in looking ahead to their side's weekend match against Aberdeen

The cool cat of the Mascot race. Sunshine the Leith Lynx is an experienced pro at these events, and, being a cat n’all, he’s pretty quick too.

Question is, will it be Sunshine on Leith when they cross that finish line?

Claret – Motherwell – 16/1

15/08/04 SCOTSTOUN STADIUM - GLASGOW Motherwell mascot Amber

Claret – one half of the famous Well double act Claret and Amber – is no stranger to the Mascot race.

Often a solid midfield finisher, judging by those rapid red boots we’re wondering if Claret is about to cause an uspet?

Pandamonium – Ayr – 20/1

15/05/16 CHAMPOINSHIP PLAY-OFFS FINAL 2ND LEG: AYR UNITED v STRANRAER Ayr mascot Pandamonium.

If there’s one animal known for taking its time in the world, it’s a Panda.

But Ayr United’s Pandamonium isn’t any old Panda, and as long as he removes his hands from his eyes, and looks where he’s going, who knows what mayhem he could cause.

 

Dougie the Doonhamer – Queen of the South – 20/1

MASCOT - Queen of the South

With a name more fitting in a Marvel movie, Queen of the South’s Dougie the Doonhamer commands respect.

Dougie is also a border collie, and we all know they just love to run, and run, and run. Worth an E-W punt.

Baxter the Bridie – Forfar – 20/1

MASCOT - Forfar

We’re absolutely certain that Forfar’s Baxter the Bridie will be hungry for victory. (Ba dum tsh)

Forfar’s pastry-based mascot is quite a character too, having hung out with Phil Mickelson and performed a strip-tease.

Can this fame-hunting mascot keep his game (pie) face to win the race, or will he be (sausage) rolled over?

Paisley Panda – St Mirren – 20/1

20/02/16 LADBROKES CHAMPIONSHIP ST MIRREN v DUMBARTON (1-0) PAISLEY 2012 STADIUM - PAISLEY Mascot Paisley Panda

Every race needs a bad-boy and the Ladbrokes SPFL Mascots have St Mirren’s Paisley Panda. A bit like the Wolf off Gladiators.

Paisley has hit the headlines for the wrong reasons over the years, so we reckon it’s about time he earned some good press? As long as he doesn’t get distracted by Ayr United’s Pandamonium…

Nutz the Squirrel – Kilmarnock – 25/1

19/09/10 CLYDESDALE BANK PREMIER LEAGUE KILMARNOCK v CELTIC (1-2) RUGBY PARK - KILMARNOCK Kilmarnock mascot Nutz the Squirrel

One of the most loveable mascots in the race, it pains us to say Nutz the Squirrel is something of an outsider.

We just can’t help but feel that big bushy tail – beautiful though it is – isn’t quite designed for a sprint race.

Other contenders

Falkirk will also be present on the day with Fergus Fox.

17/10/09 CLYDESDALE BANK PREMIER LEAGUE FALKIRK v ST MIRREN (1-3) FALKIRK STADIUM - WESTFIELD Falkirk mascot Fergus Fox makes his return

Last season’s Ladbrokes League 1 champions Dunfermline are also in town with Sammy the Tammy.

06/08/11 CLYDESDALE BANK PREMIER LEAGUE DUNFERMLINE V INVERNESS CT (3-3) EAST END PARK - DUNFERMLINE Dunfermline mascot Sammy the Tammy.

But we are concerned over the absence of last season’s favourite – Partick Thistle’s Kingsley.

09/08/15 LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP PARTICK THISTLE v CELTIC FIRHILL - GLASGOW Partick Thistle Mascot Kingsley

He may be scary, but is this all part of some plan to surprise us all?

So, those are your runners and riders for the 2016 Ladbrokes SPFL Mascot Race.

Who are you backing?

Ladbrokes SPFL Mascot Race odds:

4/6 – The Duke – Hamilton Racecourse

6/4 – Rocky The Rooster – Airdrieonians

5/1 – Cappie The Cat – Greenock Morton

8/1 – Amber – Motherwell

10/1 – Hoppy The Huddle Hound – Celtic

10/1 – Broxi Bear – Rangers

14/1 – Tiny Terror – Dundee United

14/1 – Sunshine The Leith Lynx – Hibernian

16/1 Claret – Motherwell

20/1 – Pandamonium – Ayr United

20/1 – Dougie The Doonhammer – Queen of the South

20/1 – Baxter The Birdie – Forfar Athletic

20/1 – Paisley Panda – St Mirren

25/1 – Nutz The Squirrel – Kilmarnock

5/1 – The Field – Any Other Entry

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.