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Back favourites Oxford not to flounder in University Boat Race

Coral make Oxford odds-on 2/7 favourites to win this year’s University Boat Race with bitter rivals Cambridge.

Rowing to victory in 2013, Oxford have largely dominated this age old sporting event since the turn of the millennium. They have recorded nine wins this century, compared with Cambridge’s five, and that is one reason why the latter are 13/5 chances.

Cambridge have a slight edge on Oxford when it comes to total wins, leading 81-77, but the former are less fancied in this renewal because their Goldie craft will be carrying an average weight of 1.7kg per man more.

Oxford’s crew (who row in Isis), excluding the Cox, carry a mean weight of 84kg. A dead heat is possible in the Boat Race, but has happened just once in 159 previous runnings – way back in 1877. It’s a massive 150/1 shot to occur again.

Perhaps the most fun punters will have betting on this, though, is on several special markets opened by Coral. The Boat Race became headline news in 2012 when a protestor swam in front of the crafts. Odds of 10/1 say this will happen again.

Back in 1912, both boats sank on the River Thames and the race had to be staged again the next day. Coral offer a 25/1 price on either Oxford or Cambridge’s craft becoming submerged.

An oarsman to ‘catch a crab’, which means an oar blade gets stuck in the water and acts like a brake thus slowing a boat down, is a 3/1 shot. Should this occur, it heightens the risk of a craft capsizing, and any crew member to fall overboard comes in at 100/1.

Coral are even catering for the eventuality of tempers flaring. Odds of 100/1 say a fight will break out between the teams once the Boat Race has concluded. It’s 1000/1 on Oxford and Cambridge coming to blows whilst on the water.