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Betting suspended on the colour of the Queen’s hat at Royal Ascot

| 16.06.2014

Bookmaker Coral has suspended betting on the colour of the hat the Queen will wear on the opening day of Royal Ascot, after one customer attempted to place a £1,000 bet on Her Majesty wearing a yellow headpiece tomorrow.

Yellow had been the 5-1 second favourite, behind blue at 4-1, when the betting opened up last week but after the female customer opened a new online account and requested the four-figure bet on yellow, the firm took the decision to suspend betting, fearing the lady had inside information.

“A bet of this amount has instantly set alarm bells ringing, as the average bet on the colour of the Queen’s hat is around £5,” said Coral’s Nicola McGeady.

“Last year, we were forced to suspend betting on the colour of the Queen’s hat after a significant gamble in the Windsor area, and this year’s gamble suggests that someone outside the palace knows more than we do once again,” added McGeady.

**Colour of Queen’s hat on day one of Royal Ascot? (Opening odds)

4-1 Blue, 5-1 Yellow, 6-1 Apricot or Peach, 7-1 Purple, 8-1 Pink, 8-1 Green, 9-1 White, 10-1 Cream or Beige, 20-1 Turquoise, 25-1 Black, 33-1 Black and White, 33-1 Orange, 33-1 Red, 40-1 Gold, 50- 1 bar.

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Further Information Contact:

Nicola McGeady 07917683784


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Nicola McGeady

Nicola joined the PR team in January 2013 from Boylesports. Moving across the water from Ireland, she has taken on the role of PR Manager, dealing with all aspects of media activity, as well as taking on the responsibility of a number of the firm's key
partnerships such as At The Races and RUK. Nicola has been in the bookmaking industry for over six years,with a wide range of experience in radio and TV broadcasting, but you can also check out Nicola's lastest blog posts right here at the Coral news site. Like many of her Irish compatriots, Nicola is a huge Manchester United fan, and when not working, she can be found on a tennis court or enjoying the London social