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Queen Elizabeth II

Republican beats The Queen at Kempton

A horse named Republican finished ahead of The Queen’s horse in a race at Kempton Park on Saturday afternoon.

Although he didn’t win the race, Republican finished in 6th position in the European Breeders Fund Paddy Power ‘National Hunt’ E.B.F. Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.

Her Majesty’s horse, Keep On, finished in a distant 14th place after a disappointing run.

The Queen’s horse, trained by Nicky Henderson and ridden by Nico de Boinville, had a starting price of 9/1.

Republican, trained by Oliver Sherwood and ridden by Daryl Jacob, had an impressive run with a starting price of just 40/1.

The race was won by 5/2 favourite Mcfabulous, trained by Paul Nicholls with Harry Cobden in the saddle.

For finishing in 6th place, Republican won £931 for his owners.

Both Nicky Henderson and Paul Nicholls are favourite trainers of The Queen.

Both were awarded OBEs in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to horse racing.

The Queen also made Mr Henderson a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 2018. This was a personal gift from the monarch, awarded to recognise the ways he has served the monarchy.

Barbers Shop, a horse The Queen inherited from The Queen Mother, was one of the first horses Mr Henderson trained for Her Majesty.