The London Marathon is coming up soon (Sunday 13th April). And, while all sorts of stamina-laden East Africans will be pushing for the medals, some rather less well-bred (for this job, at least) individuals will be having their own private battle.
Trainers Charlie Hills, David Simcock, Andrew Balding, Olly Stevens, Robert Cowell, and Richard Hannon are all taking part this year.
As well as the battle with themselves, and the urge to give up - which, through twenty-six miles and a few yards, will be excruciating - they will be vying for internal kudos and the admiration of racing fans across the globe. OK, maybe not the last bit... 😉
To spice things up further, Racebets are offering a couple of markets on the event, and they're sort of 'no lose'.
Firstly, they're betting on the outright winner between the band of six. David Simcock is the favourite at 2/1. Olly Stevens is the second choice at 5/2, and he's my idea of the winner, without knowing anything about the respective training form. He's a young fit lad, and he has an iron will to win.
Next in is Charlie Hills at 7/2, then it's 6/1 each of Andrew Balding and Robert Cowell. Outsider of the six is Richard Hannon Jr, at 25/1.
You can also bet on whether the winner of the six will be aged under 39, or 39+. In the young guns camp are Hills, Hannon and Stevens; while the older guard is comprised of Balding, Cowell and Simcock. It's evens youth, 4/5 experience.
Finally, Racebets are offering 5/1 on Richard Hannon to complete the race in under five hours.
The reason this is a 'sort of no lose' bet is that Racebets are kindly donating any profit from these markets to Racing Welfare, a UK-based charity that does all sorts of excellent work. You can read more about Racing Welfare here. And follow Racing Welfare on twitter here.
To place a bet on the horse racing trainer London Marathon markets, head over to this page.
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