The Rose of Tralee is a festival that takes place annually which sees women of Irish lineage from across the globe take part to be in with a chance of being crowned Rose of Tralee. As is such with other zany televised competitions, the Rose of Tralee has cemented itself as a favourite on the specials betting calendar - and Tuesday's final should attract plenty of eyeballs from across Ireland and further afield.
The winner is picked based on personality and whether or not they are suitable to serve as an ambassador for the festival. Officially, the festival classes itself as an observation and celebration of the “aspirations, ambitions, intellect, social responsibility and Irish heritage” of modern women and the festival refutes any notion that it is a beauty pageant, which some have asserted in the past.
In previous years the Rose of Tralee festival has had its controversial, heartwarming and downright hilarious moments (notably when a Rose rapped Lil Wayne for the talent portion of the competition back in 2016). The festival has also gotten political in the past, much to the dismay of the organisers who prefer the conversation to center around safer topics, like Irish dancing and loving your ‘mammy and daddy’. Let’s take a look at the Rose of Tralee odds and betting options for the 2018 festival finale.
The Rose of Tralee is limited to an outright win market by most bookmakers. The reason for this is probably due to the nature of the competition. There is only one winner of the competition, and the festival doesn't make a big deal out of second or third place, making it difficult to offer appealing odds on other aspects of the event.
Bookmakers are already listing 2018 Rose of Tralee odds which is of major benefit to punters. The competition can be notoriously difficult to predict due to the public’s limited exposure to the Roses right up until the televised final each August. While there are public biographies of each Rose listed on the official website, and there is a short ‘tour’ of Ireland before the competition, opportunities to hear a Rose speak and get a better sense of what they’re like before the final are few and far between.
This means that punters can get the upper hand on the bookmakers by ensuring that they do some minimal research as to what each contestant is like before the televised portion of the competition, and the swathe of bets that will follow. Having a good read of the biographies page and checking out the current Rose of Tralee odds should help.
So, let’s get down to brass tax. Who are the bookies favourites and is there any value in this year’s Rose of Tralee betting options?
Last year’s winner was Jennifer Byrne, a doctor from county Offaly. Her odds were around 33/1 two weeks before the show began, but they quickly shortened in the run up to the competition, leaving her favourite for the final night. This can serve as proof that the bookies do often get things right, but remember that very special things can happen in a Rose of Tralee final!
It’s no mean feat predicting the 2018 winner, but Ladbrokes are lending their weight to Grainne Hawkes, the London rose, who’s currently favourite in the Rose of Tralee odds at 3/1. The 26 year old has three degrees (one undergraduate and two masters) and is a qualified solicitor working for a global corporate law firm in London.
The usual winner of the Rose of Tralee is one of the highest achieving women and with the backing of the massive London-Irish community it is understandable why Grainne is the current favourite here.
If you’re looking for a different option, consider Suzie Jackson (Melbourne Rose) who recently shortened to 4/1 with Paddy Power, or if you fancy a proper flutter go for Ellen Campbell (Tyrone Rose) or Victoria Sexton (Florida Rose), listed at 50/1 and 40/1 respectively with Betfair. For a full list of Rose of Tralee betting options, check out one of the top specials betting sites.