Reigning IMWC champion Blummenfelt and double 70.3 IRONMAN hero Iden have topped the market ever since British firm Skybet released prices earlier this week.
But their odds have fluctuated – ‘Big Blu’ is now the 7/4 favourite but has been backed at as big as 3/1.
And Iden is into 9/4 having traded at 7/2.
No average Joe
The biggest mover has been Brit Skipper, winner of IRONMAN Wales, who was a 12/1 chance when the market opened but is now 4/1 third best.
That sees him ahead of Challenge Roth hero Magnus Ditlev (6/1), St George runner-up Lionel Sanders (8/1), two-time Kona king Patrick Lange (9/1) and the likes of Braden Currie and Collin Chartier, who are both at 10/1.
And while conditions in Tenby (for IRONMAN Wales) could hardly be more different to Hawaii, Tim Don did describe it as potentially a “Kona-winning performance.”
The betting odds of course reflect the flow of funds – and a shortening of Skipper’s odds from 12/1 down to 4/1 certainly suggests he has plenty of supporters out there ready to put their money behind the Tenby champion. Did those early backers get themselves incredible value, or have Skybet’s customers – perhaps primarily UK-based – let patriotic support cloud their judgement? We’ll all find out on Saturday.
Meanwhile Skybet revealed that Chelsea Sodaro’s victory in the women’s race on Thursday was a good result for them, though they had a moment of concern when Fenella Langridge (backed from 40/1 into 9/1) led during the bike leg.