Sports Personality of the Year

BBC Sports Personality of the Year: It's Ben Stokes v Frankie Dettori

  • Max Liu
  • 3:00 min read
England cricket captain Ben Stokes
Stokes is 11/2 and those odds will shorten if England win the Ashes

With the Ashes in full-swing, Wimbledon starting next week and 2023 reaching its halfway point, we thought it was a good moment to asses the betting on the leading candidates for BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) 2023...

  • Dettori favourite to win end of year award

  • England Ashes win could see Stokes favourite

  • 12/113.00 Cavendish and 33/134.00 Murray are big name outsiders

Ben Stokes is 11/26.50 to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPOTY) as England take on Australia in their crucial Ashes second Test at Lord's.

England are out to hit back and level the series in the second Test, which starts today, and their captain will be crucial to their chances.

Alongside head coach Brendon McCullum, Stokes has revolutionised the way England play Test cricket since he became captain in April last year.

England lost the first Test, which was one of the greatest in Ashes history, but the home team's bold tactics under their skipper were there for all to see.

If they level the series at Lord's and go on to win the Ashes, then Stokes' SPOTY odds will shorten.

Dettori still fav at 2/1

The favourite to win SPOTY, however, is Frankie Dettori 2/13.00. He was beaten to the Leading Jockey prize at Royal Ascot by Betfair ambassador Ryan Moore but Dettori still enjoyed a great week, riding four winners.

One of those came in the Gold Cup and, after Dettori rode Courage Mon Ami, his price shortened in the SPOTY betting.

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He is a huge personality, popular with millions far beyond the racing world. At 52, the Italian would be a deserving winner.

He has never scooped the SPOTY prize but did come third in 1996 - one of only a handful of occasions an athelete from outside of the UK has finished on the podium.

Cavendish leads chasing pack ahead of Tour

The Tour de France starts on Saturday and British cyclist Mark Cavendish is 12/113.00 to win SPOTY.

Now 38, Cavendish, who won SPOTY in 2011, will be targetting the sprint stages of the Tour, and therefore will not be a contender to win the main classification for his new team Astana Qazaqstan.

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Cavendish has won 34 Tour de France stages, tying him for first on the all-time list with Eddy Merckx and some experts believe the British cyclist will win another and make the record his own next month.

Betfair Sportsbook have opened a market on named riders to win a stage in the 2023 Tour. Cavendish can be backed at 6/42.50 to win at least one.

Fury, McIlroy and Murray in the mix

Tyson Fury 16/117.00 is a big name at the of his game in the SPOTY market. However, the world heavyweight boxing champion has previoulsy asked not to be considered for honour.

Rory McIlroy is 20/121.00 after coming close to adding to his golf Major title haul at the US Open. However, falling short is unlikely to cut it with the public, so unless he wins The Open at Royal Liverpool, which starts on 20 July, he's unlikely to get the votes.

Mind you, the Ryder Cup is coming up in September and Rory could play a key role for Team Europe. He's one to keep an eye on.

Andy Murray has won SPOTY three times and, as he prepares for the start of Wimbledon next week, is 33/134.00 to do so again in 2023.

Murray arrives at SW19 following an intriguing build-up. He won consecutive Challenger events, in Surbiton and Nottingham, but lost in straight sets to Alex de Minaur in the first round of Queen's.

He is 100.0099/1 in the Betfair Exchange Wimbledon outright men's singles market but he is one of the few in the draw who knows what it takes, having previously won the title twice.


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