King Charles plans to sell 12 of the Queen’s favorite racehorses as he begins to wind down his mother’s racing operation as part of his major royal turmoil.
A third of the best racehorses inherited by King Charles are being sold this month in Newmarket’s Tattersalls, and at the top of the list is Just Fine – the first horse to win for the new monarch.
Before she died, Queen Elizabeth II owned 37 horses, but now a source close to the Royal Sandringham Stud in Norfolk has claimed that her breeding business is being “outdated”.
The source told The Daily Mail: “The Royal Stud could be a museum in three years. It would be a real shame.”
Love Affairs, the Queen’s horse that won at Goodwood just two days before her death, is also up for sale at auction.
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However, a royal source assured that the king still intends to maintain the link between the horse racing industry and the royal family.
“It is the desire to continue the traditions and connections with Royal Ascot, but not on the same scale as Her Majesty because she had a passion,” the source said.
While it is normal to sell multiple horses as part of running the collection, the Queen usually only sold seven a year.
At present, Charles has 60 racehorses and 38 broodmares at Sandringham, and 30 new foals are expected next year.
A race source confirmed that Gulf State yards want to purchase a connection to the Queen through her horses.
It is believed that King Charles will make a fortune racing next year after inheriting the massive stable.
Over the past five years, his dam’s horses at the Flat have amassed a staggering $4 million in revenue and her biggest and best moment in the spotlight undoubtedly came when Estimate won the Ascot Gold Cup in 2013.
The win was worth about $360,000 then – but when Pyledriver won the same race this year, it was worth $1.3 million
No wonder bookmakers have been given some tantalizing odds that King Charles will hit some big pots next year – the monarch is 7-2 to celebrate a winner of the royal box at Royal Ascot in 2023.
This comes after the king has announced that he will be relinquishing the role of his late mother’s close and trusted friend amid the great royal turmoil in racing.
Racing manager John Warren oversaw the Queen’s racing and horse breeding for over 13 years and is still in charge of horses that race in the royal colours.
However, there is speculation that he won’t be involved for much longer, according to race insiders, as he now moves into Bahraini royal circles.
He recently took on the role of advising Commissioning owner Isa Salman and Abdulla Al Khalifa.
Warren, one of the most respected figures in the racing world, was talking horses to Her Majesty just before her death in Balmoral last month.
“We sat there for hours strategizing and planning for the future,” he said.
“I think the best thing for me is to know that she was surrounded by her relatives.
“She loved having them with her and being able to talk about her horses and her love for her horses until the end.”
This article was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission