Two of the Queen’s horses have appeared on a racecourse for the first time since her death, with their riders dressed in royal silks.
The late monarch was a prolific owner and breeder and even spoke of “her love for her horses to the very end”, according to her racing adviser.
Organizers of the Henry Cecil Open Weekend in Newmarket arranged for the Saga and Educator horses to perform in front of a crowd of racing fans on Warren Hill on Sunday morning.
Their jockeys Robert Havlin and Michael Hills were both dressed in royal colours: purple with gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap with gold fringe.
Coach Charlie Fellowes, chairman of the Henry Cecil Open Weekend, said: “The Queen was a huge supporter of British racing and we felt it was important to show Newmarket’s appreciation for the huge contribution she made. brought to our industry.
“It was wonderful for everyone to see two of her horses with riders dressed in her famous silks in a place she loved to visit whenever she could.”
During her life, the queen would watch if one of her horses was running, sometimes jumping for joy.
When her horse was the first to cross the line, she was thrilled.
The Queen’s first winner as monarch was Choir Boy in the Wilburton Handicap at Newmarket on May 13, 1952.
In 1954, the Queen’s horses, including Aureole, were so successful that she was the main winner-owner.
She repeated the triumph in 1957.
The late monarch had won every classic but the Derby, coming closest to her coronation year of 1953 when Aureole was second, while her horse Carlton House was third in 2011.
In 2008 she had her first Ascot winner for nine years, shouting “I did it”, when her horse Free Agent won the Chesham Stakes.
In 2013, the horse Queen’s Estimate won the Royal Ascot Gold Cup, the first time in the race’s 207-year history that it was won by a reigning monarch.
A delighted queen clapped with excitement and beamed as she watched the race alongside her race director, John Warren.
Mr Warren said he had spent the weekend before the Queen died in Scotland, discussing her horses, as they had so many times before.
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