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Redgrave heavily odds-on for Olympic gold number six

| 26.07.2012

SIR STEVE REDGRAVE is the red-hot favourite to light to cauldron, according to Ladbrokes.

With just over 24 hours until the opening ceremony it is the five-time gold medallist who the bookies favour at odds of 1/3 to be given the honour of lighting the cauldron. And one punter who believes Redgrave is the man for the job has placed £1000 on the rower to collect winnings of just over £1300.

Over the last few weeks David Beckham has been subject to a country-wide gamble after being given the cold shoulder by Stuart Pearce, which has seen his odds collapse to 5/1 from his original quote of 33/1.

Beckham shares second favouritism with Dame Kelly Holmes, Daley Thomson and archer Alison Williamson at 5/1.

Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “For a while it looked like Beckham might steal it from underneath Redgrave’s nose, but with just a day to go all fingers are pointing at the five-time gold medallist rather than golden balls.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Who will light the Olympic cauldron?

Sir Steve Redgrave 1/2
Dame Kelly Holmes 5/1
Daley Thompson 5/1
Alison Williamson 5/1
David Beckham 5/1
Tom Daley 12/1
Sir Roger Bannister 20/1
25/1 bar



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.