Westminster Academy victory could lose bookies thousands, says Paddy Power

The bookies are dreading an Allford Hall Monaghan Morris victory in this weekend’s Stirling Prize, with Paddy Power predicting a "four figure loser” if Westminster Academy takes the gong.

The Irish bookmaker slashed its odds on AHMM from 12/1 to 4/1 in recent weeks, and a spokesperson said a win for the firm could lose them thousands of pounds.

He said: “The big mover in the market was the Westminster Academy, cut from an opening 12/1 and bet at various prices down to its closing price of 4/1. It would also be a four figure loser for us, so the result we are fearing.”

However, Denton Corker Marshall’s Civil Justice Centre remains Paddy Power’s 10/11 favourite. William Hill’s odds remained unchanged, with AHMM the 3/1 favourite, DCM the second on 7/2 and Zaha Hadid’s Nordpark a 4/1 chance.

The closing odds from both firms were:

Paddy Power

  • 10/11 Manchester Civil Justice Centre
  • 4/1 Westminster Academy at the Naim Dangoor Centre
  • 9/2 Nord Park Cable Railway
  • 5/1 Accordia
  • 10/1 Royal Festival Hall
  • 12/1 Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena Station

William Hill

  • 3/1 Westminster Academy at the Naim Dangoor Centre
  • 7/2 Manchester Civil Justice Centre
  • 4/1 Nord Park Cable Railway
  • 9/2 Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena Station
  • 5/1 Royal Festival Hall
  • 5/1 Accordia

Both firms have now finished taking bets on this year’s prize. The winner will be announced at a dinner in Liverpool on Saturday evening hosted by the RIBA.