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Nic Ladds 18th Jul 2013 - 10:40

Royal Betting Suspended After Rush Of Bets

William Hill suspended betting on every Royal Baby betting market except the name of the new arrival on Thursday morning after a rush of bets and enquiries indicated that the birth could be imminent.

"The phones were ringing off the hook with people desperate to back Thursday, Friday or Saturday as the arrival date," said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. "All the markets are back up for now, but we will be keeping an even closer eye on things between now and the arrival."

Alexandra is the 6/4 favourite to be the Royal Baby name when it eventually arrives, with George being well backed in recent days from 8/1 to 11/2 second favouritism.

Royal Baby name: 6/4 Alexandra; 11/2 George; 6/1 Charlotte; 7/1 Elizabeth; 9/1 James; 9/1 Victoria; 10/1 Diana; 12/1 Isabella; 16/1 Alice; 20/1 Mary; 25/1 BAR

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