The Queen gets glimmer of joy with first horse racing win since Philip’s passing

Her Majesty the Queen today enjoyed her first horse racing winner since the passing of her husband, Prince Philip, last week.

The Duke of Edinburgh died peacefully at Windsor Castle on April 9, just two months before his 100th birthday.

The Queen, who is a huge horse racing fan and a patron of The Jockey Club, has seen seven horses run in her silks since then.

But today was the first time one had crossed the finishing post in first-place, as Tactical romped to victory in the Bet365 European Free Handicap at Newmarket.

The three-year-old scored by a neck with champion flat jockey Oisin Murphy on board for the Andrew Balding-trained horse.

John Warren, racing manager to the Queen, says she will now help decide which race Tactical will target at Royal Ascot this summer.

He explained: “Andrew and I have been discussing with The Queen whether we should experiment today what his trip is going to be.

“Having won at Ascot over five (furlongs), then a July Stakes over six he then lost his way at the end of the season and we ought to find out whether he is a Jersey horse, St James’s Palace, or Commonwealth Cup horse, if he was good enough for that.

“Today was a learning mission to see if we would bring him back to six. He has proven today that seven is no problem and all roads are to Ascot for perhaps the Jersey and he doesn’t get penalty for winning a Listed race which is handy.

Top trending sport stories right now

  • Ebanie Bridges disfigured from her fight
  • Dustin Johnson £12m Florida mansion sold
  • Rachael Blackmore to get Hollywood film
  • Mike Tyson's intimidating DMX ring walk
  • “Andrew will get his head around it and chat with The Queen and strategise but will make a plan for the Jersey and have an entry for the St James’s Palace Stakes. It has been our imponderable over the winter why he tapered himself off a bit.

    “There was mitigating circumstances when he ran in the Morny. He jumped and was wide of the field. He stayed in moderate ground in a furrow on his own and never got into the hunt so we gave him an excuse that day.

    “It was his first disappointing run and thereafter he just lost his way a little bit. Luckily he has found his form and been working well at home and Andrew was quite positive and optimistic of him putting up a good performance today.

    “It was a bit hairy watching it but from our point of view today it was all about learning which way to go with the horse and we have come away knowing which way we are going.”

    Source: Read Full Article