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James Arthur second favourite to land Christmas No.1

X Factor winner James Arthur is second favourite to bag the Christmas number one single this year, according to bookmaker Ladbrokes.

Despite his triumph tonight, the bookmaker is offering odds of 3/1 while the Hillsborough Charity Single remains the favourite at 1/3.

James is quoted at just 2/1 to bag a number one single next year and it's a 4/1 chance his album follows suit.


Elizabeth the odds-on favourite name for a Royal daughter

Bookmakers are offering odds on a range of names for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's first child. At Ladbrokes, the favourite name for a girl is Elizabeth, and for a boy it is George, Charles or John.

The odds on Elizabeth were cut from 7/1 to 8/1 after a Royal pundit put £1,000 on the name choice. Other odds include:

  • Elizabeth 7/1
  • Charles 10/1
  • George 10/1
  • Diana 12/1
  • Phillip 14/1
  • Richard 16/1
  • Andrew 20/1
  • Phillipa 25/1

Bookmaker suspends betting on Duke and Duchess having first child next year

The Duchess pictured yesterday during her visit to Cambridge. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Bookmaker Coral has suspended betting on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge having their first child in 2013.

David Stevens, of Coral, said: "We saw numerous bets for a Royal new arrival throughout the Jubilee summer, and the betting went through the roof again this week when Prince William accepted a babygro while on a tour of Cambridge.

He added: "We cut the odds to 1-4 and then again to 1-8, at which point we decided to suspend the betting. If the money talks, 2013 will see a new addition to the Royal family."