The smart money is on somebody/something - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
the smart money is on somebody/something
the smart money is on something
If you say that the smart money is on a particular event happening, you mean that thing is likely to happen. The smart money is on Labour winning at the next election. Note: You can also say the smart money says something, with the same meaning. The smart money says that Jarvis is likely to succeed him as manager.
the ˈsmart money is on somebody/something if the smart money is on somebody or something, people with intelligence or knowledge think somebody will succeed or something will happen: This year, the smart money is on Roe to win the tournament.