Cambridge set to sink the bookies?

Cambridge are the hot odds-on (8/13) favourites for the 157th Boat Race with Ladbrokes.

On the eve of the race the bookies have taken nearly five times as much money for Cambridge than their rivals Oxford leaving the firm fearing a light blue victory.

Despite earning odds of 100/1 the dead heat is also the subject of steady support meaning an Oxford victory is the only favourable result at this stage.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “We hope the Oxford backers come out of the woodwork on the day of the race because a Cambridge victory will definitely sink us at the moment.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Race winner
Cambridge – 8/13
Oxford – 6/5
Dead heat – 100/1

Winning distance
Oxford by 2 1/4 lengths or less – 4/1
Oxford by 2 1/2 lengths or more – 5/2
Cambridge by 2 lengths or less – 9/4
Cambridge by 2 1/4 lengths or more – 7/4
Dead heat – 100/1

Winning time
17m15s or less 5/4
17m16s – 17m45s – 9/4
17m46s or more – 7/4

New fastest time
Winning time under 16m 19s – 16/1
Winning time 16m 192 or over – 1/100

New slowest time
Winning time over 26m5s – 33/1
Winning time 26m5s or less – 1/500

Not to complete course
Oxford sinks – 33/1
Cambridges sinks – 33/1
Both crews to sink – 100/1
Oxford disqualified – 25/1
Cambridge disqualified – 33/1

Oxford starting station
Middlesex – 10/11
Surrey – 10/11

Cambridge starting station
Middlesex – 10/11
Surrey – 10/11

To win the toss
Oxford – 10/11
Canmbridge – 10/11


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 team.