Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games kicked off with an opening ceremony that was somewhat more Rab C. Nesbitt than Rabbie Burns, but now we’re under way the rather more serious business of profit hunting also begins in earnest.
A relative lack of marquee names in Scotland’s capital compared to the 2012 Olympics means there are a number of Commonwealth Gold bankers scattered around the games, and we’ve bundled a bunch together in an accumulator that will, with a touch of luck, pay out at just under 2/1…
Warren Weir to win Men’s 200 Metres @ 3/20
London 2012’s Bronze medallist finished behind fellow Racers Track Club sprinters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, but with his compatriots side-stepping Scotland, the 24-year-old Jamaican looks to have the run of this.
Ezekiel Kemboi to win Men’s 3000 Metre Steeplechase @ 1/4
The 2004 and 2012 Olympic Gold-winning Kenyan, who has also taken the laurels at the last three world championships, is stuck on for more steeplechase success.
Derek Drouin to win Men’s High Jump @ 1/5
Another Bronze holder from two years ago – albeit in a three-way tie with Britain’s Robert Grabarz and Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim – benefits greatly from none of his fellow 2012 podiumistas appearing in these games.
Alistair Brownlee to win Men’s Triathlon @ 7/20
It seems the only person standing in Brownlee’s way is younger brother Jonathan, and while the Yorkshire-born siblings have been tough to separate in recent seasons, Alistair’s Olympic Gold Medal-winning performance in London suggests he is the man for the biggest of occasions.
Kaliese Spencer to win Women’s 400 Hurdles @ 3/20
Local girl Eilidh Child is in with a live chance of a medal in this weak renewal, but 2011 World Championship fourth Spencer should chuck another ingot onto the Jamaica stockpile.
Dani Samuels to win Women’s Discuss @ 3/100
Australian former world champion Samuels is the shortest-priced pick in our acca and will be largely unopposed in Glasgow, with 16/1 second favourite and defending champion Krishna Poonia more concerned with her political career these days.
Cate Campbell to win Women’s 100 Metres Freestyle @ 1/10
The 22-year-old darling of Antipodean aquatics’ attempt to add Commonwealth Gold to World and Olympic medals of the same colour, albeit in the 4x100m freestyle relay in the case of the latter, is expected to be trouble-free.