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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.

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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.
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."

For more on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's visit to Cambridge yesterday visit ITV Anglia.

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