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The Boat Race 2017 predictions & betting tips: Oxford odds-on to regain Boat Race bragging rights

Leigh Copson 31 Mar 2017
  • The 2017 Boat Race takes place on Sunday, April 2
  • Cambridge v Oxford scheduled for 5:35pm BST start time
  • Oxford odds-on favourites following flurry of support
Can Cambridge win back-to-back Boat Races? (credit: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Boat Race 2017 predictions & betting tips for Sunday, April 2. Will Cambridge make it back-to-back successes in The Boat Race or will Oxford regain the bragging rights? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

The Boat Race 2017 Prediction

The Boat Race 2017 Betting Odds

Bookmaker William Hill is reporting huge support for Oxford to win this year’s Varsity Boat Race, and as a result they are now the odds-on favourites for Sunday's race.

As is tradition, Cambridge were made the favourites when the market opened due to them being the heaviest crew, but the odds have shifted in favour of Oxford following a flurry of support for them.

A whopping 82p of every £1 placed has been in support of the Dark Blues, while the biggest bet seen for unfancied Cambridge so far has been a £28 punt.

As a result, Oxford are into 2/5 from 5/4 at William Hill, while Cambridge have drifted from 4/7 to 7/4. The dead heat is now offered at 100/1.

“Despite winning last year, the Light Blues are virtually friendless to win this year’s race,” William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told 
“And with a biggest bet of just £28, they are being left in the wake of Oxford punters who are piling splashing the cash.”

Latest William Hill Odds

Boat Race Winner: 2/5 Oxford; 7/4 Cambridge; 100/1 Dead Heat

Boat Race Specials:

7/1 Either Boat to sink during race

50/1 Both Boats to sink during the race

20/1 Oxford to sink during the race

20/1 Cambridge to sink during the race

25/1 Either boat to be disqualified

8/1 Record time to be broken

The Boat Race 2017 Free Bets

The Boat Race 2017 Course

The 2017 Boat Race will be contested over a 4.2 mile course that begins at Putney Bridge. The two crews will pass under Hammersmith Bridge and Barnes Railway Bridge in their race to reach the finish line just before Chiswick Bridge.

The Boat Race 2017 Start Time

The men’s 2017 Boat Race is set to get underway at 5:35pm BST, with the women’s race scheduled to take place an hour earlier at 4:35pm BST. The race will be televised on the BBC One in the United Kingdom and there will also be an opportunity to watch a live stream. Viewers around the world should check local listings with the race set to be broadcast in the United States, Canada, Australia and more.

The Boat Race 2017 Crews

Boat Race Teams

William Warr
Age: 25
Height: 195cm
Weight: 94.2kg
BOWBen Ruble
Age: 26
Height: 188cm
Weight: 87.3kg
Matthew O'Leary
Age: 26
Height: 180cm
Weight: 74.8kg
2Freddie Davidson
Age: 18
Height: 189cm
Weight: 81.9kg
Oliver Cook
Age: 26
Height: 194cm
Weight: 91.7kg
3James Letten
Age: 23
Height: 208cm
Weight: 106.4kg
Joshua Bugaski
Age: 26
Height: 195cm
Weight: 99.3kg
4Tim Tracey
Age: 22
Height: 196cm
Weight: 97.4kg
Olivier Siegelaar
Age: 30
Height: 197cm
Weight: 101.2kg
5Aleksander Malowany
Age: 23
Height: 194cm
Weight: 94.4kg
Michael DiSanto (President)
Age: 27
Height: 185cm
Weight: 89.9kg
6Patrick Eble
Age: 22
Height: 193cm
Weight: 90.5kg
James Cook
Age: 24
Height: 187cm
Weight: 84kg
7Lance Tredell (President)
Age: 28
Height: 194cm
Weight: 94.3kg
Vassilis Ragoussis
Age: 23
Height: 194cm
Weight: 86.6kg
STROKEHenry Meek
Age: 24
Height: 193cm
Weight: 95.4kg
Sam Collier
Age: 21
Height: 172cm
Weight: 55kg
COXHugo Ramambason
Age: 20
Height: 175cm
Weight: 58kg
Age: 27
Height: 191cm
Weight: 90.2kg
Height: 194cm
Weight: 93.5kg

The Boat Race Results

Oxford have dominated the Boat Race in recent years, winning 11 of the last 17 instalments, but it is 2017 winners Cambridge who have had the edge historically. The ‘Light Blues’ have won 82 of the previous 162 showdowns with Oxford, losing on 79 occasions while once race – back in the 1870s – ended in a dead heat.

The Boat Race Winners


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