Zara Phillips allegedly called her husband, Mike Tindall, an “idiot” after spending £12,000 for a quarter share in the racehorse Monbeg Dude. However, she may now be thanking her husband as the “hopeless” horse won the Majordomo Hospitality Handicap at Cheltenham racecourse on Friday.
Monbeg Dude, who won the Welsh National, has been schooled by The Queen’s grand-daughter and her husband, former England rugby player Mike, along with other owners.
At 6/1, Monbeg Dude beat the 7/2 favourite, Theatre Guide, by just over a length. Tom Scudamore, the winning jockey, said “I’ve been very lucky to ride for some very nice people and ride some very good horses, but this is up there with everything. I can’t describe it.”
Not only has the horse made a success at Cheltenham, he is now looking a likely contender in the Grand National next year. Trainer, Michael Scudamore, said “We’ll have to look at Aintree and I don’t think he’ll run again before the weights come out. We could go down the hurdling route though.”
After the victory at Cheltenham, Monbeg Dude’s chances of winning the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National have been cut to 25/1. A horse owned by a member of the royal family has yet to win a Grand National.
Mike Tindall bought a quarter share in the 8 year old bay gelding at auction for £12,000. The horse was an unpromising hope, but the hard effort looks as if it is now paying off.
After the win, Phillips said “We’ve just taught him to use his feet a little more intelligently. He’s older and stronger and Michael’s done a fantastic job.”
Racing is a sport that the royals are extremely find of. Just last week, Her Majesty The Queen won a top racing award for the ROA owner of the year.