The Bookie’s View: Can our Jess beat McIlroy to prestige trophy?

Gentleman bookmaker Victor Chandler gives the inside track on local football
Gentleman bookmaker Victor Chandler gives the inside track on local football
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It’s fairly quiet on the football-betting front so it’s a good time to have a look at some special bets with a local flavour.

First up is the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and a potential nightmare result for us if Rory McIlroy picks up the gong.

We have a hefty five figure loss after every person and his dog seemed to get on as he won the US Open. Our possible savour could be local hero Jessica Ennis who we have pushed out to a very tempting 12/1 and Andy Murray at 13/2 who surely must be the new favourite if he wins Wimbledon. So no to McIlroy, yes to the others. Second up is a special bet we have on an auction at Sotheby’s on July 14.

It concerns the sale of the Rules and early archive material relating to Sheffield FC. The club is the oldest in the world and we are betting on how much this wonderful piece of football history will fetch when it goes under the hammer.

It is 15/8 that it fetches under a million, 7/4 between £1m and £1,299,999m, and 6/4 that it fetches £1.3m or above.

It’s a rare piece of football memorabilia and it should be in high demand. Maybe FIFA or the FA will be getting involved. They both love a bidding process…

Finally Doncaster has put its name up to become a city in this year’s City Status bid. Twenty six towns are in the mix with Doncaster joint fifth favourites at 14/1. It’s not a big place in itself but the borough around it has about 300,000 people, so it might well have a shout. Reading are the favourites at 4/1, with Middlesbrough next best at 7/1. Sheffield people will of course turn their nose up at the idea, but will Donny folk have the last laugh? Bet of the week is Workforce in the Coral Eclipse. It’s a class act and has enough to beat So You Think.

Good luck!