A Christmas Hill to climb
By staff
British bookmakers William Hill have called time on bets for the Christmas No.1 single, already believing the race for the top spot will be won by Band Aid, just one day after the song was recorded.

The re-release of the charity song has sparked a huge public interest, fueling massive orders for the single, which will not be released until 29 November. Hills have now opened a book on how long the track will remain at No.1, including a generous 25/1 if the collaboration beats the 17-week record currently held by Bryan Adams, but also offer odds of 10/1 on the song failing to reach the summit of the charts.

A William Hill spokesman said: “The Christmas number one is a very popular bet with our customers and Band Aid is a virtual certainty to take the number one spot.

“Were we to include Band Aid in the betting it would be a red-hot favourite and would decimate the market. Therefore, if as expected Band Aid goes to number one we will for the first time be paying out on the Christmas number two.”

Ladbrokes have also been inundated with requests to bet on the single, one punter even trying to place a single bet of £10,000 on the song being successful.

William Hill latest Christmas No.1 odds: 7/4 Ronan Keating & Cat Stevens; 12/1 Robbie Williams, Madonna, Paul Holt; 14/1 Tony Christie; 16/1 U2, Take That, Ice Cube; 20/1 Westlife, Kylie Minogue, Girls Aloud, Joss Stone, Rowetta Statchell; 25/1 Sugababes, Busted, Razorlight; 33/1 Bruce Forsyth, Will Young, Darius Danesh, Duran Duran; 40/1 Daniel Beddingfield.

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