Will Bonfire oblige for bawling Balding
William Hill are offering odds of 5-4 that sporting figurehead Clare Balding will cry when she signs off the final Investec Derby coverage by the BBC.
The BBC's racing anchor was remembered for her emotional celebration upon her brother Andrew winning the Oaks in 2003 with Casual Look, shortly after receiving the training reins from their father Ian Balding, and Hills make Clare a 1-8 shot to hug or kiss her sibling should he win the Investec Derby on Saturday with 4-1 second-favourite Bonfire.
With Bonfire occupying a lofty position in the betting, second only to 4-7 favourite Camelot, Flat racing's Blue Riband event could be added to the family haul this weekend. Moreover, the horse has been further supported into 4-1 from 9-2 in the day preceding the big race.
Clare is 4-1 to fist-punch the air, and quoted at 6-1 for a celebratory high-five.
William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said "We're so used to Clare as the consummate professional being one of sport's best-known faces, but will she be blubbering when the Beeb bid goodbye?"
Investec Derby: Bonfire now 4-1 from 9-2 (second-favourite) with William Hill
Manner of Clare Balding's celebration if Bonfire wins the Investec Derby: 1-8 hug/kiss her brother, 4-1 fist-punch the air, 6-1 high-five, 25-1 throw her hat into the air, 33-1 throw her microphone in the air, 66-1 kiss Willie Carson, 100-1 perform a back-flip... first BBC images of Clare Balding directly after race - dead-heat rules apply - all bets void if Bonfire does not win
Will Clare sign off the BBC Derby coverage in tears?: 5-4 yes vs 4-7 no
Investec Derby: 4-7 Camelot, 4-1 Bonfire, 8-1 Astrology, 9-1 Main Sequence, 14-1 Thought Worthy, 25-1 Mickdaam, 40-1 Cavaleiro, Rugged Cross, 66-1 Minimise Risk (EW ¼ 1,2,3)