There was a poignant win for The Queen at Newmarket on Wednesday as her horse, Tactical, won day two of the Craven meeting. The hard-fought win in the Bet365 European Free Handicap under champion jockey, Oisin Murphy, was the first in Her Majesty’s colours since the death of Prince Philip on Friday 9th April.
Oisin Murphy was sporting a black armband in remembrance of The Duke of Edinburgh and commented, “Our thoughts are with The Queen and her family.”
On Tactical, Murphy said, “He’s clearly tough and he’s a ball of muscle. He’s trained well but he’s not been off the bridle and hopefully he’ll come on for this. Normally when you get stopped here it’s the end of your race, but watching the replay it didn’t perhaps seem as abrupt as it felt. Newmarket’s uphill finish means its the slowest part of the race which meant I was able to catch William.”
John Warren, The Queen’s bloodstock adviser, said, “Today was a learning mission to see if we’d come back to six furlongs, but he’s proved seven is no problem so I think all roads lead to Ascot for perhaps the jersey. He’ll probably have an entry in the St James’s.
The Duke of Edinburgh died on Friday at Windsor Castle at the age of 99. His funeral is to take place at St George’s Chapel on Saturday 17th April. Owing to COVID-19 restrictions, just 30 members of family will be able to attend and not the original 800 people that was planned as part of Operation Forth Bridge.