House that Ma'am? Think sinks the Queen's Carlton!
The Queen was this afternoon denied a first Royal Ascot winner for five years when Carlton House was denied by So You Think in the Prince of Wales's Stakes.
However, HRM still has two to run this week - Momentary in the Ribblesdale Stakes tomorrow, and Estimate in the Queen's Vase on Friday - and William Hill now quote Her Majesty at 3-1 (from 11-8) to pay the winner's enclosure a visit before the 2012 royal meeting is out.
William Hill spokeswoman Lucy Rhodes said "Success for The Queen at her namesake meeting in Diamond Jubilee year would have raised the grandstand roof, but Her Majesty still has two great chances to visit the winner's podium, so it won't be orf with their heads just yet..."
Her Majesty The Queen to own another winner at Royal Ascot 2012: 3-1 (from 11-8)
Thursday (Ladies' Day) - Momentary - Ribblesdale Stakes
Friday - Estimate - Queen's Vase
The Queen's last Royal Ascot winner was Free Agent, who was victorious in the Chesham Stakes in 2008.
William Hill's betting on the colour of the Queen's Hat at Royal Ascot, Ladies' Day Thursday 21st June:
2-1 Yellow, 5-1 Green, 5-1 Purple, 6-1 Blue, 7-1 White, 8-1 Peach/Apricot, 10-1 Cream / Beige, 12-1 Pink, 12-1 Turquoise, 16-1 Brown, 16-1 Red, 20-1 Orange, 20-1 Grey / Silver, 25-1 Black, other colours on request
5-2: The Queen to wear either a red, white or blue hat on Ladies' Day
10-1: The Queen to have a Union Jack somewhere visible on her Ladies' Day outfit (including accessories such as hat, handbag and shoes)
25-1: The Queen wears the same hat or coat she wore during any of the four days of the Jubilee celebrations on Ladies' Day.
100-1: One or more of the carriages in the Royal Procession at Royal Ascot on Thursday 21st June to be flying a plastic ‘car flag'
SOME USEFUL FACTS!
William Hill have been betting on the colour of the Queen's Hat since 1973
Queen's Hat History Over the last few years, Her Majesty has worn the following coloured hats on Ladies Day (other days also shown in brackets):
2011 Pink (Green, Pink, Yellow, Blue)
2010 Purple, (Turquoise, Pink, White, White)
2009: White (Yellow, Pink, Purple, White)
2008: Blue (Pink, Purple, Cream, Blue)
2007: Cream (Pink, Yellow, Blue, White)
2006: Green (Blue, Turquoise, White
2005: Brown (Pink, Purple, Turqouise)
2004: White (Yellow, Blue, Cream)
2003: Blue (Yellow, Pink, Blue, Green)
2002: Purple (Green, Purple, Peach, Green)
Vogue ‘Rainbow Queen' Survey of the colours Her Majesty has worn in the last year: 29% Blue, 13% Floral, 11% Green, 11% Cream, 10% Purple, 10% Pink, 4% Yellow, 4% Red, 4% Orange, 2% Black, 1% checked, 1% Beige
THE QUEEN'S ROYAL ASCOT WINNERS
1953 - Choir Boy (Royal Hunt Cup)
1954- Landau (Rous Memorial), Aureole (Hardwicke Stakes)
1955 - Jardiniere (King George VI Handicap)
1956 - Alexander (Royal Hunt Cup)
1957 - Almeria (Ribblesdale Stakes), Pall Mall (New Stakes)
1958 - Restoration (King Edward VII Stakes), Snow Cat (Rous Memorial Stakes)
1959 - Above Suspicion (St James's Palace Stakes), Pindari (King Edward VII Stakes)
1961 - Aiming High (Coronation Stakes)
1968 - Hopeful Venture (Hardwicke Stakes)
1970 - Magna Carta (Ascot Stakes)
1979 - Expansive (Ribblesdale Stakes), Buttress (Queen's Vase)
1992 - Colour Sergeant (Royal Hunt Cup)
1995 - Phantom Gold (Ribblesdale Stakes)
1999 - Blueprint (Duke of Edinburgh Stakes)
2008 - Free Agent (Chesham Stakes)
Royal Ascot Stats
• The first Royal Meeting was held at Ascot in 1768
• Royal Ascot has over 300,000 visitors during the 5 days of the meeting
• During the 5 day Royal meeting, the following quantities are expected to be consumed
60,000 bottle of champagne
111,000 glasses of Pimms
156,656 pints of beer
2,000 kilos of lobsters
3,300 punnets of strawberries
(based on 2011 figures from Ascot's website)