Something to very much look forward to in 2013 is the birth of the royal baby and the market for what Prince William and Kate Middleton are going to call the little blighter is a vast expanse where a long odds punt could reap serious rewards.
It’s safe to say that they are not going to name the heir to throne Tulisa or Jahmene so don’t waste your money on their 500/1 prices. Yet, there are plenty of alternatives with genuine potential for profit.
A girl is anticipated according to the betting – it’s odds on at 10/11 – and the two names that share favouritism are Diana and Elizabeth at 8/1.
The former is the better bet for obvious reasons, while there has been any amount of queens dubbed Elizabeth; the world does not need another.
There is no concrete evidence determining the royal baby’s gender so backing it to be a boy has to be the best bet of the lot in this market at 11/10 with it being a flip of the coin at this stage.
George, at 9/1, is the leading candidate for names should their sprog turn out to be a dude, but James must be worth a punt at a sizeable price.
Arguably the best name of all those in running, a price of 14/1 could enable a monster profit for backers. We also haven’t had a King James since the days of the Stuarts so it’s high time something was done about that.
The pregnancy was announced in early December alongside the news that the Duchess of Cambridge had not yet seen out her first trimester. This means that late June is likely to be the time of year the baby is born and, at 11/10, is a worthy opposition to July, the current 4/6 favourite.
In terms of the day of the birth, Ladbrokes are offering 11/2 on all seven options. Steer clear of a Saturday birth, as it’s said children born on the sixth day work hard for a living, Monday, Tuesday or Sunday are tied for strongest selections here.
All odds and markets accurate as of publication’s time and date