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Mo Farah nailed on for SPOTY second place

| 29.11.2013

This year’s Sports Personality of the Year award is a foregone conclusion according to Ladbrokes.

After securing an historic Wimbledon win the bookmaker has priced British tennis superstar Andy Murray at 1/25 to scoop the award and already paid out to those who backed the Scot before his SW19 triumph

Considering Greg Rusedski accepted the gong in 1997 – when his biggest achievement was a US Open final appearance – anything other than a Murray win would represent a huge upset.

Those of the opinion that this could be the case may be swayed by odds of 14/1 to back second favourite Mo Farah or the 25/1 on Tour de France Winner Chris Froome.

However, with Murray’s acceptance speech probably already well rehearsed more attention should be paid to the ‘To Finish Second’ market which is headed by double Olympic champion Farah at 11/10.

The four-year cycle of the Olympic schedule and the fact he has not competed at the highest level in the UK since London 2012 means Farah has not had the opportunity to scale the dizzy heights of last year.

However, double gold at the World Championships in Moscow – where he won both the 5,000 and 10,000 metre races – and an increased media profile over the past 12 months make the 30-year-old a shoo-in for second place.

A better price of 7/2 is available on Froome but while he will be the answer to a pub quiz question in years to come – achieving his dream only one year after Bradley Wiggins became the first Brit to win the Tour could count against him.

As an outside bet to finish second the 4/1 available on jockey extraordinaire AP McCoy should certainly appeal.

The Northern Irishman collected the top prize in 2010 but after claiming his 4,000th career win at Towcester on November 7th the 39-year-old could be fresh in the mind come ceremony night.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.