Queen celebrates most successful horse racing year after 32nd winner takes victory and £ 460,000 prize
THE Queen celebrates her most successful year of horse racing after her 32nd winner takes victory.
This means Her Majesty has pocketed just over £ 460,000 in prizes in nine months.
She cheered on Balmoral on Monday as her horse Fresh Fancy won at Kempton Park.
Sources close to the Queen say the track wins helped quell a disastrous family year – with the passing of her husband Prince Philip, as well as problems with Prince Andrew’s trial, Meghan and Harry’s televised allegations and the Prince Charles’ cash for honors scandal.
An insider said: “The Queen rarely misses a race in which one of her horses is running and has a TV so she can watch the drama.
“It would definitely have brightened her up with everything that is going on.”
This year’s winning tally beats its previous best of 29 wins in 2019, which surpassed its third best total of 23 in 1992, 2014 and 2016.
The success of Fresh Fancy’s evening reunion came just over two hours before Andrew’s New York court hearing.
The tally of 32 in 2021 includes 30 flat races plus two over fences – and there are plenty more opportunities to win, with the flat races officially ending in mid-October.
She also has a much-loved colt, Reach For The Moon, in the Derby next June in her Platinum Jubilee celebrations, the only major race she has yet to win.
Victory would end a racing hoodoo for the royal family – the last reigning monarch to have a winner at Epsom being his great-grandfather Edward VII in 1909.
The Queen will pause national celebrations, marking 70 years on the throne, to applaud from the Royal Box at Surrey Racecourse.
She was successful in the other four major meetings – 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, the Oaks and St Ledger.
Racing broadcaster Cornelius Lysaght said: “The Queen is a great breeder, owner and patron of horse racing.
“It’s not just hype – Reach for the Moon has solid appearances.
“If on her Platinum weekend she finally won the Derby, that would be an amazing thing. This is the holy grail.