Old, New, Borrowed...But Bookies Left Feeling Blue!
The celebration champagne will be flowing this evening, and not just in toast to the newlyweds, as a racehorse named ‘Royal Wedding' made it a double party for punters when winning the opening race at Fontwell this evening.
Britian's biggest bookmakers William Hill estimate around a £2million payout will befall the betting industry after the aptly-named racehorse pulled off a coup planned with military precision by his handler Nick Gifford.
Available at odds of 8-1 earlier in the week, the British public made it an early-morning plunge as the World watched Kate and Wills marry, and he went off as a 4-1 chance in the 5.30pm chase, returning victorious to a reception to rival that of the ACTUAL Royal Wedding in front of packed stands at the Sussex Track.
Kate Miller, spokeswoman for William Hill, said: ‘'Nick Gifford could be up for a knighthood after making it a double Royal Wedding day! The Royal family (and the Middletons' who own racehorses) love a bet, and we're certain they'd have been crowded around the TV in Clarence House cheering this one home! It seems the bookies' might have paid for the bubbly today.''
It is a case of history repeating itself for the betting industry which was hit for millions when ‘Royal Mark' raced to victory on 14th November 1973. He went off the heavily-backed 11/10 favourite - and the occasion? Princess Anne and Mark Phillips's special day!