Bookmaker William Hill is laughing all the way to the bank following Saturday’s surprise RIBA Stirling Prize victory for Zaha Hadid Architects
According to the turf accountant, almost two thirds of those betting on the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize had plumped for Hopkins’ Olympic Velodrome - the runaway favourite.
Originally offered at 2/1, the odds on the London 2012 landmark to win the £20,000 prize were cut to just 11/8 following a flurry of wagers. Hadid’s ultimately victorious Evelyn Grace Academy was listed at a more generous 7/2 when the books closed on Friday night (30 September).
A delighted spokesman for William Hill, Rupert Adams, said: ‘It was a good result for us. The biggest winning bet was just £50. Hurrah’.
Since 2000 the bookies’ favourite for the RIBA Stirling Prize, which is run in association with the Architects’ Journal and Benchmark, has only won four times.
The final odds:
7/2 Evelyn Grace Academy
4/1 An Gaelaras
5/1 Royal Shakespeare Co
6/1 Museum Folkwang
7/1 The Angel Building
Bookies clean up after Hadid's shock Stirling win