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How Queen Elizabeth II made horse racing the sport of queens

The death of Queen Elizabeth II marks the end of one of the most famous chapters of horse racing.

A lifelong lover of horses, the Queen oversaw one of the most famous sporting stables, which she inherited from her father when she ascended the throne.

Before legendary studs like Godolphin and Coolmore started taking over the world, Royal Stud was the racing juggernaut.

Then Princess Elizabeth (right) watches the action at Royal Ascot in 1951.(Getty Images: William Wanderson/Fox Images)

The glamor and prestige of Royal Ascot

The Queen and the royal family will always be more closely associated with Royal Ascot when it comes to horse racing.

Ascot Racecourse, about 50 kilometers southwest of London, was founded by Queen Anne in 1711 and became an institution in British racing.

Ascot is best known for its five-day Royal Ascot Festival, with Flemington being synonymous with the Melbourne Cup.

Each day of the festival begins with the transportation of the king straight home in a horse-drawn carriage.

The Queen arrives at Royal Ascot in an open horse-drawn carriage.
The Queen is coming to Royal Ascot in 2019.(Motion pictures via Reuters: Matthew Childs)

This tradition dates back to 1825 and has become one of the most popular racing events.

300,000 people usually travel to Royal Ascot over five days, drawn to the presence of royalty.

Sir Francis Brooke, the Queen’s representative at Ascot, hailed the late monarch as a champion of sport.

“The racing world has lost one of its biggest supporters,” he said.

“We at Ascot are honored to have so many memories of Her Majesty at the racetrack, including some great victories in the royal colours.”

The Queen attended every Royal Ascot festival during her reign until 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic neglected her.

She also missed the next two years because she had health issues.

Ranking brings the glory of the Gold Cup to the Queen

The queen with a racing horse.
Queen Elizabeth II smiles appreciatively after the 2013 Gold Cup.(Reuters: Toby Melville)

As the owner of one of the most famous buttons in the world, Rani has amassed an impressive list of winners over seven decades.

He had 24 Royal Ascot winners, and his first victory was in 1953 when Choir Boy won the Royal Hunt Cup.

Queen’s Horses had seven wins at Royal Ascot in their first two years as owners.

Over the decades, Quinn has seen its ups and downs as a franchise, with more and less hits.

He chased victory in the Gold Cup, one of the most prestigious races at Royal Ascot for many years.

Spanning nearly 4,000 metres, the race represents the best stay in England and is held in the same esteem as the Melbourne Cup.

Rani’s wait for Gold Cup glory finally ended in 2013 when the favorites gave her the win she had been looking for.

The four-year-old filly was the crowd’s choice for the big race and was cheered on by a large running crowd.

Under the guidance of jockey Ryan Moore, the evaluation was conducted with a neck to make the Queen the first king to win in the race’s 207-year history.

John Warren, who was the Queen’s blood advisor at the time, said he was glad to see her.

“We all did our best to control the excitement, but I’m afraid [furlong] “The excitement was overwhelming,” he said, according to the Guardian.

“I don’t remember seeing the Queen so happy, excited and cheerful, so it was a really magical moment.

“For the woman who has given so much to this country, maybe what wins next [Epsom] It gives me great pleasure to know that the Derby, one of the most historic races on the calendar, has drawn so much fun and happiness from it.”

How the Queen’s passion for racing inspired a patriotic gift to the King

Relationships between Australian horse racing and the royal family were further strengthened during the Queen’s reign.

The Queen and her husband Prince Philip became the first monarch to visit the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne in 1954.

This was the first of three visits to the iconic track, with back-to-back appearances in 1963 and 1977.

The Queen’s early visit to Flemington is honored to this day with an annual race called the VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The 2,600m Group C run on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Festival was a happy hunting ground for many champions.

A year before her first Melbourne Cup win, in 2002, legendary horse Macbee Diva won.

Other Melbourne Cup winners who have won the VRC include Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Might and Power (1998), Rain Lover (1968), Galilee (1966).

The Queen’s passion for racing in 1980 made it easier for the nation to buy gifts when Australia gifted her a racing horse to celebrate her silver jubilee three years ago.

Presented to him by Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser in the Garden of Government House, the Australia Gallery was front page news.

“I am so grateful for this wonderful gift from the Australian people,” the Queen said, according to the Canberra Times.

But introducing the Queen ended up being the highlight of Australia Fair’s career.

The famous royal colors of purple with golden braid on the back and red shirts did not bring any success to the Queen of Australia fair.

Arabian Story and Queens rift in Melbourne Cup

A horse trainer beats a racing horse.
Coach Lord William Huntington with Arabian Story in preparation for the 1997 Melbourne Cup.(Agence France-Presse: William West)

With decades of involvement, so many champions and Australian Head of State, it is surprising that the Queen has only one runner in the Melbourne Cup.

Australia’s most popular race is a bucket list item for any owner, jockey or coach.

As for the Queen, her only attempt to obtain the crown was in 1997 in Australia.

There was a lot of interest in the Melbourne Cup that year.

Could Might and Power win the Caufield-Melbourne Cup double?

Can Doriamus repeat his success two years ago?

Or can the Queen claim a royal victory at Flemington?

Her faith was based on the background of an Arab tale.

Arabian Story had a successful year in 1997, taking two wins in the European summer season in a pair of seconds.

The Italian jockey was Frankie Tittori trained by Lord Huntington, and there was a lot of interest around Queens’ shot at the Melbourne Cup.

Tittori finished sixth in a respectable race, and the winner drove strength and power from start to finish.

The Queen did not enter the Melbourne Cup after that, making only one attempt in the “race to stop the nation”.

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