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Sporting summer feel good factor to spark £100 million weekend flutter

| 05.07.2013

With much of the UK set to bask in glorious sunshine, and a host of top class sporting events taking place, bookmakers are braced for a £100 million betting bonanza this weekend as patriotic punters get behind their home favourites.

“The climax to Wimbledon – hopefully featuring Andy Murray – the Lions decider v Australia, the German Grand Prix and the Tour de France all feature over the next few days, and with summer finally arrived, we are set for a huge weekend, as the feel good factor hits the nation’s punters,” said Coral’s David Stevens.

“Betting shop turnover increases when the weather is fine, as more people are out and about, and with so much top class sport taking place, and stars such as Murray, Lewis Hamilton, the Lions, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome in action, as well as horseracing’s feature, the Group One Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park, more than £100 million could be staked across the UK over the next two days, much of it by patriotic punters,” added Stevens.

“Of course it could be an expensive weekend for the bookies, a Wimbledon win for Andy Murray could cost the industry close to £5 million, and if all the home favourites do well then we will be paying for the celebrations, but having escaped a British winner at SW19 for so long, we would have to pay out with a smile,” concluded Stevens.

*Coral odds (subject to change)

**5-4 British & Irish Lions, 4-5 Australia, 16-1 Draw

**Wimbledon Men’s outright
4-6 Novak Djokovic, 2-1 Andy Murray, 14-1 Juan Martin Del Potro, 16-1 Jerzy Janowicz

**German Grand Prix
15-8 Vettel, 3-1 Lewis Hamilton, 5-1 Alonso, 6-1 Rosberg, 8-1 Webber, 12-1 Bar

**Tour de France
4-6 Chris Froome, 9-4 Alberto Contador, 16-1 Joaquin Rodriguez, 20-1 Richie Porte, 22-1 Cadel Evans, 28-1 Bar


Further Information Contact

David Stevens 07720 400438



David Stevens

David joined Coral as PR manager in 2001, having previously worked at the
Racing Post. Now in the role of Head of PR, he is involved in all aspects
of the company's media relations, providing the latest racing betting news , as well as Coral's sponsorship and event
portfolio. A keen sports fan, and long-suffering Portsmouth supporter (the
two are not always connected), when not working he will normally be found
heading south, or east or west, to the sun, and that liking for the sunshine
explains why he will always prefer flat racing to the jumps.