Queen’s legacy in horse racing will last for years to come, says her trusted trainer as nation bids final goodbye

ONE of the Queen’s most trusted trainers believes her legacy in horse racing will last for years to come.

Clive Cox was nonetheless holding phone calls with Her Majesty in the week of her dying.

The Queen, pictured at Royal Ascot last year, had a deep love for horse racing


The Queen, pictured at Royal Ascot last 12 months, had a deep love for horse racingCredit: Getty
Clive Cox has revealed the Queen was still talking about horses with him in the week of her death


Clive Cox has revealed the Queen was nonetheless speaking about horses with him in the week of her dyingCredit: Rex

He revealed the Queen’s love for the game by no means failed to shine and he or she ought to have home-bred horses running — and hopefully successful — lengthy into the long run.

Queen Elizabeth II lately started breeding National Hunt horses on the Royal Stud in Sandringham.

The jumps horses will not have their first race till 2027 however they may run for an additional 5 – 6 years after that.

And in her last calls to Cox, the monarch even checked in on horses in his care who had been but to run.

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The Queen discovered time to converse to Cox earlier than and after her last-ever runner, Love Affairs, gained at Goodwood on the Tuesday earlier than her dying two days later.

Cox mentioned: “She was good for the game of racing and we’ll all for ever be grateful.

“She knew every thing there was to know, from the breeding to the shape.”

From Balmoral, Her Majesty referred to as Cox the day earlier than her filly ran on the Sussex monitor.

Love Affairs gave the Queen what proved to be her final win


Love Affairs gave the Queen what proved to be her final winCredit: Malcolm Wells/pictureexclusive.com

These calls had been by no means that useful to the Queen as she would normally know greater than the trainer about her horses.

This was one proprietor you can not fob off.

But the calls had been typically mentioned to be the spotlight of her day and he or she would at all times discover time in her hectic schedule to make them.

The one earlier than Goodwood lasted round half an hour. Cox added: “I spoke with her on the telephone for fairly some time earlier than Love Affairs ran.

“She additionally requested about one other couple of horses I practice for her who haven’t even raced but. Not many homeowners do this!

“She was at all times very sharp and last week was no totally different. You wouldn’t have identified she wasn’t properly.”

Trainer Clive Cox was delighted to give the Queen her last ever winner


Trainer Clive Cox was delighted to give the Queen her last ever winnerCredit: Copyright 2022 Ian Headington

Jockey Adam Kirby, in her well-known purple and purple colors, rode Love Affairs to victory in the Fillies’ Nursery Handicap as the Queen watched on tv.

After the triumph, Cox first tried to make contact with Her Majesty however was advised she was busy with the Prime Minister.

But even the historic event of seeing off one Prime Minister in Boris Johnson and welcoming one other in Liz Truss wouldn’t cease her.

The Queen quickly returned the decision. Cox mentioned: “It’s very surreal while you discuss to Her Majesty.

“It was an excellent honour once we had been requested to practice horses for her. John Warren approached me and requested what I believed.

“The name later after the horse gained wasn’t as lengthy however I’ll cherish it. Personally and professionally, you may solely admire her.

“She was a horsewoman via and thru and that at all times got here via.

“She offered us with a trophy at Royal Ascot however I by no means imagined I might go on to practice horses for Her Majesty.”

The country paid tribute to the Queen as she was taken from London and laid to rest in Windsor


The nation paid tribute to the Queen as she was taken from London and laid to relaxation in WindsorCredit: AP

The Queen had properly over 40 horses in coaching on the time of her dying and it’s thought that’s the most she ever had.

They are unfold throughout trainers all around the nation, over jumps and on the Flat. Arguably, nobody exterior the Royal Family or her trusted crew of employees had a larger friendship with Her Majesty than her racing adviser John Warren.

He took over from his father-in-law, Lord Carnarvon, following his dying in 2001.

Warren was famously pictured sat subsequent to the Queen when Estimate stormed to an historic Gold Cup win at Royal Ascot in 2013.

He was a trusted and shut good friend of Her Majesty and spent his last day with her on the Monday earlier than she died at Balmoral.

King Charles showed his emotions as he said his final goodbye to his mother


King Charles confirmed his feelings as he mentioned his final goodbye to his momCredit: Reuters

Warren, made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order this 12 months, mentioned: “We sat there for hours over the weekend strategising and planning going ahead.

“And the nicest factor for me is to know she was surrounded by her members of the family. She was in such a wholesome way of thinking and in large type. It’s crucial to know that she was completely, splendidly switched on.

“On the Tuesday night she was in actually good type, delighted she had had a winner and talked about the Prime Ministers coming in and out.

“I can hardly consider it potential that inside lower than 48 hours the Queen had died.”

Estimate’s Ascot triumph was a transparent spotlight of the Queen’s winners, of which she had greater than 1,000 over the years.

But Warren additionally revealed the 1974 win in the Prix de Diane was additionally up there as certainly one of Her Majesty’s most celebrated victories.

The Queen's reaction to winning the 2013 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with Estimate was a beautiful moment


The Queen’s response to successful the 2013 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot with Estimate was a ravishing secondCredit: Splash News
Her Majesty couldn't wait to get her hands on the famous trophy


Her Majesty could not wait to get her arms on the well-known trophyCredit: Darren Fletcher – The Sun
The Queen gives congratulations to her horse Estimate at Royal Ascot


The Queen provides congratulations to her horse Estimate at Royal AscotCredit: AP:Associated Press

He added: “The Queen has positively been excited and emotionally charged about having another winners, significantly at Ascot.

“But this one was so satisfying as a result of it’s such an iconic race. Yet, Estimate’s win will at all times be remembered by most individuals.

“She virtually galloped from the Royal Box to the winners’ enclosure!

“And in typical fashion of a horsewoman, though everybody was giving the Queen their congratulations, the Queen was completely steadfast to get to Estimate herself and provides her a beautiful and well-deserved pat.

“That was a vastly touching factor to witness, the Queen simply focusing purely on this creature that had delivered for her.

“She had a very big tear in each her eyes, which was a beautiful factor.

“It is fantastic to know she led an extended and full life. Perhaps the racing neighborhood contributed to giving her some pleasure alongside the way in which.”

The Sport of Kings will not be the identical without Her Majesty The Queen.