QUEEN ELIZABETH II has added to a long list of accolades as she earns herself a place in the racing Hall of Fame.
Her Majesty, 95, gained membership to the QIPCO British Champions Series Hall of Fame within the Special Contributor category – for her “outstanding contribution to British Flat racing”. The decision, made by an independent panel of industry experts, is due to her commitment and passion for the sport.
It is the first time the Queen has gained recognition in the Hall of Fame for horse racing.
John Warren, bloodstock and racing advisor to Her Majesty, said: “I suspect that The Queen will have a lot of inner pride in being invited into the Hall of Fame.
“The Queen’s contribution to racing and breeding derives from a lifelong commitment.
“Her love of horses and their welfare comes with a deep understanding of what is required to breed, rear, train and ride a thoroughbred.
“Her Majesty’s fascination is unwavering and her pleasure derives from all of her horses – always accepting the outcome of their ability so gracefully.”
The Queen has had a huge impact on the world of racing during her time owning horses across the decades.
The famous purple, gold braid and scarlet colours of Her Majesty’s horses have allowed her to accumulate more than 1,800 winners since her first victory with Monaveen over jumps at Fontwell Park in 1949.
But the recognition by QIPCO has not been without reason.
During her time breeding horses, Her Majesty has owned the winner of every British Classic (2000 Guineas, 1000 Guineas, The Oaks and the St Leger) – apart from The Derby.
The decision to induct the Queen into the Hall of Fame has very much been welcomed with open arms.
Three-time Champion jockey Ryan Moore, who has ridden 71 winners for The Queen, including partnering Estimate to Gold Cup victory in 2013, said:
“The thing I remember most about that day is the cheering. I probably hadn’t ever received a reception like that at the Royal Meeting, or any time before really.
“It was different on that day – you can see with The Queen how much it means to her; the way she smiles when she’s looking at her horses, the enjoyment she was getting out of that.
“People want to see her do well and winning the Gold Cup, it’s hard. “Brinkwire Summary News”.