It was disappointment for The Queen yesterday after her horse, Maths Prize, finished second to last at the races. However, it was all smiles today after Her Majesty’s horse came up first at Newbury racecourse in a belated birthday present for the 91-year-old monarch.
Call to Mind, a three-year old horse, won at Newbury in the fifth race of the day ridden by Ryan Moore.
The horse’s proud owner, Her Majesty The Queen watched on at the races as she enjoys her birthday weekend away from the palace.
Because her horse finished in first place, Her Majesty came away with just over £5,000 in prize money.
Yesterday, there was a brief security scare at the racecourse after a man dressed as a jockey had to be escorted away from the parade ring whilst The Queen was in attendance.
The man, who is believed to have been on a stag trip, entered the secure parade ring ahead of the 3:05 race – a race in which Her Majesty had a runner.
Head of Communications at Newbury Racecourse, Andy Clifton said: “A guy who appeared to be on a stag do tried to walk into the parade ring with the jockeys and was politely asked to leave by Julian, who apprehended him.
“There was nothing sinister about it, but when the Queen is here these things need to be taken seriously.”
To celebrate the monarch’s birthday, military salutes were held across the UK – including a special 21-gun salute at Windsor Castle where children fired tiny cannons.
The bells of Westminster Abbey rang to mark the occasion, and the Irish Guards performed a special rendition of Happy Birthday to You outside Buckingham Palace.