Chester Nudge Ahead In Bid To Become UK City Of Culture
The bids are in for the 2017 UK City of Culture and Britain's biggest bookmaker, William Hill, make Chester the 4/1 favourite just ahead of Leicester and Swansea Bay who are 5/1 joint second favourites.
The first Scottish entrant is Aberdeen at 8/1 with Dundee just behind at 10/1.
"Chester has thousands of years of culture behind it to promote itself in the bid to win this particular race although in the formative stages of the process, as the betting suggests, this is a wide open race," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly.
2017 UK City Of Culture: 4/1 Chester; 5/1 Swansea Bay; 5/1 Leicester; 8/1 Aberdeen; 8/1 Portsmouth & Southampton; 10/1 Dundee; 10/1 Plymouth; 14/1 Southend on Sea; 14/1 Hull; 16/1 East Kent; 25/1 Hastings & Bexhill on Sea.