April 29, 2011 / 5:36 PM / 8 years ago

Royal Wedding is a winner...at the racetrack

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal fans who like a wager on the horses had a double reason to celebrate on Friday after the aptly named Royal Wedding cantered to victory, hours after the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton.

The horse triumphed in the 5:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. EDT) race at the Fontwell Park course in southern England at odds of 4/1, bookmakers Ladbrokes said.

“Madame Fate has given us one hell of a kick in the crown jewels. Royal Wedding backers are over the moon,” said David Williams from Ladbrokes.

“The horse began to drift in the betting market but the royal gods had other ideas. Loyal royalists who kept the faith have scooped a small fortune.”

Reporting by Michael Holden, editing by Paul Casciato

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