Oxford Clear Odds Favorite to Win Boat RacePublished April 2, 2010 by OCR Editor
This is the 156th contest between the two universities since the race began back in 1829.
Oxford is a red-hot 1/3 William Hill favorite to defeat Cambridge in this year's Boat Race, and bridge the overall record between the two in what is possibly the world's longest-running sporting rivalry.
Oxford, who have won the last two races but have won 75 to Cambridge's 79 (plus one dead heat) since the first race way back in 1829, have a strong crew this year, including Dutch Olympic rower Sjoerd Hamburger.
Cambridge are 9/4 to cause an unlikely upset.
Some punters are obviously expecting quite a sizable victory for the Oxford crew, with 6/4 odds being offered for a winning distance of over three lengths (applies to both crews), and 11/8 for a distance of between two to three lengths.
There are 8/1 odds for the race record time of 16 minutes and 19 seconds to be broken, and 33/1 odds for either boat to sink during the race (which has happened a few times, most recently to Cambridge in 1978 and to Oxford in 1951).
Some other scenarios on offer at William Hill: 25/1 on an American boat to break tradition and join the race within 10 years; 33/1 on either boat to strike a bridge; and 250/1 on the laughable prospect of the race being postponed due to a waterborne animal on London's Thames providing an obstacle.
The race begins at 1630 BST on Saturday April 3.