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Stirling Prize: Odds slashed on Velodrome victory

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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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