Rowing By Joe Crilly

Oxford Are Shortest Odds In Boat Race History. Can They Lose?

The weather conditions are set to be dry and slightly breezy for this weekend’s boat race, hinting that a clean run should be on the cards for both crews. William Hill have cut the price for the record time (of 16 minutes and 19 seconds, 1998) to be broken from 10/1 to 7/1 on the back of the conditions. 

Oxford are the shortest price any men’s crew have ever been in the boat race, with their odds of winning tumbling from an initial 4/6 to 1/4 under the weight of wagers from punters who have been betting up to £700 on the dark blues emerging victorious from this weekend’s head to head.

“We have never offered shorter odds on a men’s crew winning and so convinced are we and our punters that we actually think the dominant Oxford crew could go on and get close to the course record,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.

In the women’s race, Oxford have been backed in to 1/6 to win the race, meaning that William Hill customers are even more convinced that the ladies’ crew will win than they are the men’s crew will triumph and it is just 1/3 that the winning distance will be three lengths or more.


Men’s boat race winner: 1/4 Oxford; 11/4 Cambridge; 66/1 dead heat

Men’s winning distance: 8/11 over 3 lengths; 11/4 2-3 lengths inclusive; 3/1 under 2 lengths

Men’s race specials:

7/1         Course record broken

16/1       Either boat to sink during the race

20/1       Either boat to be disqualified


Women’s boat race winner: 1/6 Oxford; 7/2 Cambridge; 66/1 dead heat

Women’s winning distance: 1/3 over 3 lengths; 7/2 2-3 lengths inclusive; 6/1 under 2 lengths