Television Specials Betting By Joe Crilly

Evans Appointment Sparks Major Top Gear Gamble

After a week in which Chris Evans was named as the first new host of Top Gear, there has been significant movement in the betting market as to who will join him the show. With early reports suggesting there is all but certain to be one female on the panel, Jodie Kidd has tumbled from 5/2 on Tuesday to 1/3 red-hot favourite with William Hill although Natalie Pinkham and Suzi Perry are also in the frame if the odds are to be believed - both are 3/1.


Guy Martin is an Even money shot to present the show after Chris Evans hinted on Twitter that there may be more bikes on the show while the trio of James Martin, Dermot O’Leary and Philip Glenister are 5/1.


“After laying dormant for a little while, the Top Gear market has sparked into life again with punters backing a whole host of contenders,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “Jodie Kidd, Suzi Perry and Natalie Pinkham have all seen their odds tumble considerably from 5/2, 8/1 and 25/1 respectively in just a couple of days.”


To Co-Host Top Gear: 1/3 Jodie Kidd; 1/1 Guy Martin; 3/1 Natalie Pinkham; 3/1 Suzi Perry; 5/1 Dermot O’Leary; 5/1 James Martin; 5/1 Philip Glenister; 8/1 Eddie Jordan; 8/1 Sue Perkins; 10/1 Sabine Schmitz; 10/1 Steve Coogan; 10/1 Vicky Butler Henderson; 12/1 Bear Grylls; 14/1 BAR