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Royal Ascot: What Colour The Queen's Hat?

Britain’s leading bookmaker, William Hill, make BLUE the bookies’ favourite for the colour of The Queen’s hat for the first day of Royal Ascot, which kicks off on Tuesday. 

Blue is 2/1 favourite, ahead of Yellow at 3/1. It’s 4/1 that The Queen goes with another bold Green combination, as she did at Trooping the Colour, with Pink also priced at 4/1. The outsider is Black at 50/1.

“We often take a flurry of bets in the last few minutes before Her Majesty appears at Ascot and previously we have had to suspend betting because we’ve had suspiciously large amounts of money being wagered,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.

“The odds would suggest Blue is the most likely hat colour for The Queen to wear on the first day of Royal Ascot.”

William Hill also offer special odds for who will appear in the Queen’s Carriage on any of the five days of the Royal meeting. The Duchess of Cambridge is 2/1 to be in the Queen’s Carriage at some point this week, while Prince George is 10/1.

William Hill is expecting £800million to be wagered on sports betting this week across the industry, making it the biggest betting week of the year. The company expect to turnover in excess of £120million on Royal Ascot alone. 

“Betting records could be smashed this week, with Royal Ascot and the Euros, plus other sports leading to £800million worth of wagers being placed across the betting industry,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.


Top Royal Ascot Betting Facts

At the 2015 meeting, top jockeys Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore hit bookmakers hard every time they had a winner. William Hill’s average payout when they each won a race, was over £1million – and an estimated £5million across the industry. Moore recorded a modern-day record of nine wins at last year’s Royal Ascot, much to the frustration of bookmakers.

“Frankie Dettori is the public hero, especially at Ascot, and he hurts the bookies every time he wins. Ryan Moore is the man for hardened racing fans and there is probably no better jockey on the planet right now” – William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke

William Hill’s largest bets on this year’s Royal Ascot are on: 

1)      A Shin Hikari in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes, with £34,000 wagered at Even-Money on the Japanese horse, placed in a William Hill shop in London

2)      Order Of St George in the Ascot Gold Cup, with £4,000 at 7/4 wagered by a customer in a William Hill shop in Norfolk

3)      Usherette in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, with £4,000 wagered by an online client at 3/1 on the French-trained filly.

£120million worth of bets will be wagered on Royal Ascot across the entire bookmaking industry

Around 3 million bets will be placed with William Hill alone, with 15million across all the bookmakers

The biggest five races at Royal Ascot for betting turnover (based on 2015 figures at William Hill):

1)      Diamond Jubilee Stakes

2)      Coronation Stakes

3)      Commonwealth Cup

4)      Ascot Gold Cup

5)      Queen Alexandra



William Hill Special Markets


What Colour Will The Queen’s Hat Be On The First Day Of Royal Ascot (Tuesday 14th June):

2/1 Blue, 3/1 Yellow, 4/1 Green, 4/1 Pink, 10/1 Cream/Beige, 12/1 Purple, 12/1 White, 16/1 Grey/Silver,16/1 Orange, 25/1 Brown, 25/1 Red, 50/1 Black


To Appear In The Queen’s Carriage on any of the five days of Royal Ascot: 2/1 Duchess Of Cambridge (Kate Middleton), 10/1 Prince George



William Hill’s Five Horses To Follow


Tuesday – The Gurkha in The St James’s Palace Stakes. Won the French Guineas and is fancied to beat the English Guineas winner (Galileo Gold) and Irish Guineas winner (Awtaad)


Wednesday – A Shin Hikari in The Prince Of Wales’s Stakes. A Japanese raider who was a very impressive winner in France on his latest start


Thursday – Order Of St George in the Ascot Gold Cup. Trained by the mighty Aidan O’Brien, he could be one of the bankers of the meeting


Friday – Quiet Reflection in the Commonwealth Cup. Karl Burke’s filly won well at Haydock recently and has a good chance of beating last year’s Queen Mary winner Acapulco


And one at a big price for the final day….


Saturday – Gold-Fun in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. World class sprint form in Hong Kong and good value to run a big race




For all the betting please visit: http://sports.williamhill.com/bet/en-gb/events/royal-ascot