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Stirling Prize: Odds slashed on Velodrome victory

Bookmaker William Hill has shortened the odds on Hopkins’ Olympic London 2012 Velodrome scooping this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize

The bookies’ clear favourite to win the £20,000 prize when the six-strong shortlist was unveiled earlier this month (AJ 22.07.11), the odds on a Velodrome victory have now been reduced from 2/1 to just 11/8 following a flurry of wagers. Over the last decade the bookmakers’ favourite has won the Stirling Prize four times.

A spokesman for William Hill said more than 80 per cent of bets had gone on Hopkins’ much-praised Olympic cycle track. Out of the remaining finalists only AHMM’s Angel Builidng in Islington and O’Donnell + Tuomey’s An Gaeláras Irish-language arts and culture centre in Derry, Northern Ireland have received any significant backing.

As a result the O’Donnell + Tuomey scheme, originally a rank outsider, has now had its odds halved from 8/1 to 4/1 moving it up into third spot in the running for this year’s prize in association with the Architects’ Journal and Benchmark.

The winner will be announced at the Wilkinson Eyre-designed Magna centre in Rotherham – which won the Stirling Prize in 2001 – on Saturday 1 October.

Stirling prize: The bookies’ odds (10 August)

11/8  Velodrome

7/2  Evelyn Grace Academy

4/1  An Gaelaras

5/1  Royal Shakespeare Co.

6/1  Museum Folkwang

7/1  The Angel Building



4/1  An Gaelaras

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