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The Queen celebrates her best racing season in over 70 years with a trip to Ascot Racecourse

The Queen visited Ascot Racecourse on Saturday to watch Champions Day – a meeting where the very best racehorses meet to crown the champions of the turf.

Saturday marked the end of the ‘core’ flat season, with the champion jockey being crowned, and attention now starting to shift to jumps racing.

2021 has been the most successful season for The Queen ever – with the monarch recording 33 wins from 151 runs.

This means she has had more winners on the flat in 2021 than she did back in 1957 when she was crowned champion owner.

Her Majesty has collected just under £550,000 in prize money in the past ten months, and has been inducted into British horse racing’s Hall of Fame.

The 95-year-old monarch became the first entry into the Hall of Fame within the Special Contributor category, having been chosen by an independent panel of industry experts.

She collected her memento at Ascot during her visit on Saturday.

This is only The Queen’s second visit to a racecourse this year after previously attending one day of the Royal Ascot meeting in June.

Her Majesty was dressed in a royal blue coat with a matching hat and did not use a walking stick on this occasion.

The monarch spent most of the afternoon enjoying the racing action from the royal box, as well as also presenting the trophy to the winners of the race held in her name.

The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes of 2021 was won by Baaeed – a horse owned by the late Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Her Majesty presented the trophy to trainer William Haggas, jockey Jim Crowley and groom Ricky Hall.