King Charles fancied to make a fortune in racing after inheriting the late Queen’s massive stable
BOOKIES reckon King Charles could make a fortune in racing next year after inheriting the late Queen’s massive stable.
Her Majesty was racing’s biggest fan – but also one of its shrewdest operators.
As well as travelling to her beloved Royal Ascot and Epsom for the Derby, she turned a healthy profit from her army of runners.
Over the past five years, her horses on the Flat amassed a whopping £2.2million in earnings.
But her biggest and best moment in the spotlight came arguably when Estimate won the Ascot Gold Cup in 2013.
Victory then was worth just shy of £200,000 – but when Pyledriver won the same race this year it was worth £709,000.
No wonder bookies have got some tempting odds about King Charles to land some big pots next year.
The monarch is 7-2 to celebrate a winner from the royal box at Royal Ascot next year.
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The Queen really should have managed that this year.
But 2-5 favourite Reach For The Moon got turned over by 7-1 Claymore in a shock result in the Group 3 Hampton Court Stakes.
To own a Classic winner he is 20-1.
That means he needs to win one of the 1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby, Epsom Oaks or the St Leger.
King Charles looked to have a preference for jumps horses – and Queen Consort Camilla, who is expected to be the royal figurehead of racing, loves Cheltenham.
So to own a Festival winner next year he is 25-1.
To do something his dear mother never did manage and win the Epsom Derby is 33-1.
The first royal runner since Elizabeth II’s death earlier this month will be Educator – a Derby entry in 2022 before being pulled out – at Salisbury this afternoon.
William Hill put together the odds and sokesperson Tony Kenny said: “The King inherits a good squad of horses from his mother and it’s certainly not out of the question that he owns next year’s Epsom Derby winner at 33-1.
“The Queen’s last Royal Ascot winner came in 2020 and we make it 7-2 for the King to own one next year, while it’s 25-1 for him to own a Cheltenham Festival winner.”
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