Races Go As Betting Suggests
The men’s and women’s boat races went exactly to plan as both results culminated in wins for the pre-event favourites. The Oxford women’s crew were 1/6 at William Hill as the umpire’s flag went down and had been the subject of bets up to £700 in the days leading up to the race, while the men were 1/4 having been backed in from an original 4/6.
“In 2010, we saw Cambridge upset the exact same odds as this year but there was not much chance of that happening today as Oxford started to stamp their authority relatively early in the race,” said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. “In both the men’s and women’s races, our punters got the result spot on as both crews attracted over 75% of the wagers in each race.”
Oxford look set to repeat their dominance next year with the men’s crew 1/2 to win the 162nd boat race with their women’s crew 1/3 to do so.
Next year’s odds:
Men’s: 1/2 Oxford; 6/4 Cambridge; 66/1 dead heat
Women’s: 1/3 Oxford; 9/4 Cambridge; 66/1 dead heat