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Oxford hot favourites to win 2013 Boat Race

Oxford University during a training session on the River Thames, London. Credit: PA Wire

Oxford have emerged as clear favourites to win the Boat Race after more than 70% of bets were placed on the Dark Blues, according to bookmaker William Hill.

Spokesman Joe Crilly said: "Oxford are certainly the best backed crew as of yet, although that was very much the case at this stage of proceedings last year.

"Last year, however, we took nearly £40,000 on the day of the race and Cambridge became best backed by the time the race started. Maybe history will repeat itself this time around."

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Marines to patrol Boat Race course

Royal Marines will patrol the River Thames today to make sure there is no disruption to the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race.

The Cambridge team out training yesterday Credit: PA

Organisers are trying to stop any repeat of last year when the annual race was stopped by Trenton Oldfield, who swam into the path of the crews.

The race's Executive Director, David Searle, said: "We are taking additional measures this year and have reviewed all of our actions last year in detail.

"The Boat Race course is four and a quarter miles long so we have eight and a half miles of riverbank to manage and monitor.

"What I would say to anybody thinking of disrupting the race is that it's unbelievably dangerous. You risk injuring yourself, the crews and the other people following the race.

"Nobody wants that to happen. This is just a sporting event."

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Marines brought in to help police Boat Race

Cambridge won last year's disrupted race Credit: BBC Sport

Royal Marines will be stationed in inflatable boats along the length of the Boat Race course tomorrow to ensure the event is not disrupted by another protester in the water.

Last year's race had to be halted when Trenton Oldfield swam into the path of the two crews and narrowly avoided being struck by an Oxford oar as he looked to sabotage an event he regarded as elitist.

Oldfield was released from prison in December having served seven weeks of a six-month sentence after being found guilty of causing a public nuisance.

Cambridge won the restarted race.

Boat Race security heightened

Royal Marines will be positioned along the bank of the River Thames between Putney and Chiswick for this year's Boat Race. It comes after protestor, Trenton Oldfield was jailed for swimming across the path of rowers during last year's race.

Protester, Trenton Oldfield being removed from the River Thames Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Oldfield was released from prison in December 2012 after serving seven weeks of a six month sentence for causing a public nuisance.

The Metropolitan Police recently contacted him to see if he was planning to protest at the 2013 event. Oldfield wrote back saying "I'll probably have a walk in the Cotswolds instead."

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