Queen's beloved 'Steal a March' horse is set to run at Cheltenham
A bet for Mama? Late Queen’s beloved ‘Steal a March’ horse is set to run at Cheltenham – with King Charles rumoured to be attending for the first time in 17 years
- The Queen’s horse Steal a March is set to run at Cheltenham next week
- Late Monarch’s granddaughter Zara Tindall said last week ‘It would be great to see Charles and Camilla back at Cheltenham’
- Read more: King invites Harry and Meghan to the Coronation despite row over Frogmore eviction and duke’s candid ‘toxic trauma’ Q&A
King Charles could attend Cheltenham Festival next week for the first time in 17 years, to show support for a gelding bred by his mother that’s set to run.
Last week, the late Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall hinted that the King and Queen Consort Camilla could join spectators at the historic race event, to show enthusiasm for his mother’s favourite sport.
She told The Sun: ‘I think with Steal A March it would be great to see Charles and Camilla back at Cheltenham’, adding: ‘We’ll see what happens it’s a changing of the times.’
Cheltenham Racecourse director, Ian Renton, said it would ‘be a special moment in the history of the event if the King and Queen’ attended.
Steal a March, the Queen’s bay gelding, is currently at 16-1 odds to race to victory in the Pertemps Network Final Handicap Hurdle, which takes place on Thursday 16th March.
Poignant: The late Queen looking delighted to be watching the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in 2009, a bay gelding she bred, Steal a March, will run at the Festival next Thursday
Last year, the late Queen watched Cheltenham at home and, on her Platinum Jubilee weekend, she saw Steal a March win at Worcester, again watching from her Windsor home.
King Charles could be keen to show his commitment to continue the Queen’s love of horses; he inherited 37 upon her death on September 8th but decided to sell a number of them a month later, for a sum thought to be around £1million, reports The Sunday Times.
Cheltenham Racecourse director Ian Renton told the newspaper: ‘It will be especially poignant if Steal A March runs, given that he was bred by the late Queen herself.
‘It would be a special moment in the history of the event if the King and Queen also decided to attend on the day.’
Cheltenham Racecourse director, Ian Renton, said it would ‘be a special moment in the history of the event if the King and Queen’ attended to watch the Queen’s horse race
Steal A March, ridden by Nico de Boinville at Newbury Racecourse in November in Berkshire
The royal family have been back in the headlines this week after it was revealed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been invited to the coronation of King Charles later this year.
Prince Harry, who along with his wife Meghan, has launched a series of extraordinary attacks against the Royal Family in recent months, has confirmed he received an email from his father about the event.
The coronation, which is set to be seen by millions of people in the UK and potentially billions around the world, will take place on May 6 – the same day as the fourth birthday of Archie, Harry’s son.
The news comes days after Charles asked his son and daughter-in-law to vacate their British home, Frogmore Cottage, a move that is thought to complicate any future visits to the UK from the California-based couple.
On Saturday, Harry spoke candidly about his childhood ‘trauma’ during an intimate chat with ‘toxic trauma’ expert Dr Gabor Mate in an online livestream.
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