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The Queen

Joy for The Queen as her horse wins the Listed Achilles Stakes picking up £21,000 in prize money

Queen Elizabeth II
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There was much to celebrate for The Queen on Saturday after her horse won a prestigious race at Haycock Park.

King’s Lynn, a four-year-old bay gelding, won the Listed Betway Achilles Stakes which was televised live on ITV to an audience of millions.

Ridden by Oisin Murphy and trained by Andrew Balding, King’s Lynn won the five furlong sprint in an exciting battle to the line, winning by a neck.

Going off as the 3/1 favourite, King’s Lynn was aiming to win his first race since September 2019.

On account of the win, Her Majesty has collected £20,983 in prize money, with a percentage of that going to the trainer and jockey.

After the race, jockey Oisin Murphy said he was “very proud” to race in The Queen’s colours, adding that “to win a big race on a Saturday live on ITV is fantastic.”

Royal Ascot takes place in three weeks time, with The Queen likely to have a couple of runners at the meeting.

It is unknown whether Her Majesty will attend Royal Ascot this year. Attendance is limited to 12,000 people on each of the five days.