As baking lovers up and down the country tune into the new series of BBC1’s The Great British Bake Off, bookmaker Coral is hedging its bets on this year’s rising stars.
Following a successful first episode, the bookie’s current favourite at 3/1 is grandmother of eight, Nancy Birtwhisle who won star baker and impressed the judges throughout the episode. Hot on her heels were Richard the builder at 7/2 and youngest contestant ever at just 17, Martha Collison with odds of 5/1.
It wouldn’t be a Bake Off without tears and tantrums and following the debut episode, Coral is offering odds of 2/1 of at least three contestants welling up by the third episode, which airs tomorrow. And dressed in a floral design for episode one, it’s odds on at 1/2 that judge Mary Berry will sport a floral blazer at least four times throughout the series.
Coral’s John Hill said: “The new series, although predictable, continues to receive rave reviews and shows no signs of falling flat, promising the usual helping of one-liners from Mel and Sue, and dollops of innuendo from Paul and Mary, but all eyes will be on the contestants’ clever creations over the coming weeks. At this stage we’re backing Nancy to win, although as we all know, this can easily change with a ‘soggy bottom!'”