James McDonald, the rider of The Queen’s horse Eightsome Reel, has received a two-day suspension for overusing his whip.
Her Majesty’s horse finished a very respectable 4th position in the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot on Thursday.
However, following an investigation by the British Horseracing Authority Stewards, the jockey has received a short suspension from the sport for using his whip above the permitted level from approaching the final two furlongs.
Despite the jockey’s overenthusiastic use of the whip, the result of the race stands meaning Her Majesty still takes home £4,824 for finishing in fourth position.
Eightsome Reel was a 33/1 outsider entering the race with a field of 13 runners.
The winner of the race was Sangarius, trained by Sir Michael Stout, who takes home £51,039 in prize money for the winning connections.
Princess Eugenie was tasked with presenting the trophy to the connections of Sangarius who finished second to the favourite, Fox Chairman.
The Queen arrived at Ascot on Thursday in a carriage alongside the Duke of York, the Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence.
Other members of The Royal Family in attendance at the racecourse on Thursday included Princess Anne’s children, Peter & Zara, and their spouses, Mike & Autumn.