The shortlist from which the winner of SPOTY 2014 will come from was announced this evening. Probably the main surprise was that Jonny Wilkinson was omitted from the list. Here it is in order of bookies’ odds with the best current price shown:
Rory McIlroy (golf) 1/4
Lewis Hamilton (F1) 7/2
Jo Pavey (athletics) 50/1
Gareth Bale (football) 66/1
Lizzie Yarnold (skeleton) 200/1
Charlotte Dujardin (equestrian) 200/1
Max Whitlock (gymnastics) 250/1
Carl Froch (boxing) 250/1
Adam Peaty (swimming) 250/1
Kelly Gallagher and guide Charlotte Evans (skiing) 300/1
It looks a two horse race at the moment. Hopefully our selection Bale has a good chance of 3rd place – it looks to be between him and Pavey for that. There is of course potential for shocks in this market as has been known on many an occasion.
Once things have settled down and the markets become more liquid on Betfair I’ll update on any potential plays. Social media and polls can be quite interesting as we build up to Sunday 14 December 2014.