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Elizabeth II.. the departure of the queen who loved horses and their racing

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With the departure of Queen Elizabeth II, British and international horse races have lost one of their most important historical symbols. Despite her royal duties, Queen Elizabeth II remained fond of equestrian, horse riding, and attending horse races throughout her 70-year reign.

Queen Elizabeth II began her journey into the equestrian world from an early age, as she learned equestrianism from a young age, and received her first horse riding lesson when she was 3 years old.

After the death of her father, King George VI in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II inherited the emblem of the royal stables, consisting of a purple jacket, scarlet racing sleeves, and a black hat decorated with gold, along with the stables, projects and farms of her late father, and this was the first beginning of her entry into the world of racing from its widest doors. .

Distinctive imprint

Queen Elizabeth II’s horses won most of the titles of classic races in Britain, and she was crowned with the title of owners’ championship twice (1954) and (1957), in addition to her horses achieving more than 600 victories in Britain and abroad, but she was not lucky to be crowned with the title of “The English Derby”, which It is considered one of the closest races to her heart at all, as it was her first presence and participation in the classic race after her coronation on the throne in only four days in 1953, as the pony “Aruela” was the most prominent candidate for the title, but he finished in second place, but he did not prevent the Queen Who loves and follows this ancient race on the Epsom track.

Queen Elizabeth II is present annually at the Royal Ascot Festival, which is held at the Ascot Racecourse, but the Corona pandemic in 2020 deprived the Queen of being present in a precedent that is the first of its kind, but she continued to follow her favorite hobby on television, as the Queen is keen The late woman attends the Royal Windsor Equestrian Festival every year.

John Warren, the Queen’s advisor for racing affairs, had confirmed in an interview with the British ITV channel in 2020, that the Queen enjoys reading race analyzes published by the “Racing Post” newspaper, which specializes in horse racing, as well as watching the races on television.

He added, “These things really helped her during these times, and also gave her the opportunity to enjoy what she loves, which is watching horse races.

favorite horses

There are a number of the Queen’s favorite horses, who have achieved a number of achievements, most notably “Aruela”, which is her first horse, which participates in races, and she inherited it from her father, King George VI, and achieved a number of titles, most notably “Coronation Cup” and “King”. Gog VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes” in 1954.

Among the notable names are also the skilled “Hayclear”, the champion of the “English 1000 Guineas” and the “French Oaks” in 1974, in addition to “Ismit”, the champion of the “Ascot Gold Cup” in 2013, who brought joy to her heart, as the media reported the late Queen’s happiness. By winning, she is on the royal podium at the Ascot Racecourse, and this victory is the first of its kind for a British monarch since its launch in 1807.

Fate of the stables

And the British press began to question the future of the royal stables after the departure of Queen Elizabeth II, as royal biographer Claudia Joseph expected that the daughter of Queen Princess Anne and her daughter Zara Tindall, who were two Olympic jockeys, would take care of the Queen’s horses in the coming period, while the British newspaper “Racing Post” indicated. For a future role for the Queen Consort of Britain Camilla, who expressed her great admiration for horses and their racing in her conversation with John Warren, the late Queen’s advisor for racing affairs, during this year’s Royal Ascot Festival.

Racing Commentary

And the British Horseracing Authority announced that all races, which are held under its supervision, will be suspended next Monday to coincide with the funeral of the late Queen.

The races had resumed yesterday after being suspended for two days (Friday) and (Saturday) to mourn the departure of the Queen, and the participating riders wore black armbands, and a minute of silence was allocated before the start of the matches.

deep sad

Reactions from the equestrian and horse racing community followed the departure of Queen Elizabeth II, as the Godolphin team issued a statement mourning the late queen, who gave her whole life to serve her country and the Commonwealth.

The statement added: “She had an encyclopedic knowledge of hybrid horses, and followed our sport with great passion. The Queen’s passing is a great loss to the United Kingdom and our sport, and our sincere condolences to the royal family and the country.”

The Dubai Horse Racing Club and the Dubai Equestrian Club also expressed great sadness at the departure of Queen Elizabeth II, who left a distinctive imprint in the equestrian and horse racing sector.

A number of coaches and jockeys, especially those who participated in the Queen’s emblem in the races, expressed their deep sadness and affection for her departure, as coach Cliff Cox, who supervised the skilled “Love Affairs”, which achieved the last victory of the Queen last Tuesday, said that he is very sad for the departure of the Queen, who was He is fully acquainted with the world of horses and their breeds, adding that he spoke to the Queen before the race, who seemed, as usual, interested in the finer details of horses.

For his part, veteran jockey Frankie Dettori expressed his pride and pride in leading the late Queen’s horses in the most prominent races in his career, adding that he will remain forever grateful for this opportunity.

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