Royal Ascot Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Bookmakers Bashed on First Day at Ascot

The first day of Ascot was a bad one for bookmakers with William Hill estimating that it has cost the industry upwards of £5million.


With popular favourites Solow (11/8 favourite), Gleneagles (8/15 favourite) and Clondaw Warrior (5/1 favourite) all winning, plus two other well-supported horses in Buratino (6/1) and Washington DC (5/1) being victorious, the bookmakers were left reeling.


“We’ve lost the battle but the Royal Ascot war is far from over and we live to fight another day, although somewhat battered and bruised,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


Jockey Ryan Moore was the man of the moment, riding three of those to victory for a 54/1 treble (Gleneagles, Clondaw Warrior, Washington DC).


“Ryan Moore is always a popular jockey and for him to sweep up three of the races, it’s a real kick in the guts,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.