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Tuesday 12th October 2021

Queen included in Flat racing's British Champion Series Hall of Fame

The Queen has been recognised for her contribution to British Flat racing by being inducted into the Qipco British Champions Series Hall of Fame.

She is the first person to be included in the Special Contributor category.

A genuine racing enthusiast and a passionate fan of the sport all her life, she is also a successful owner and breeder.

Her famous purple, gold braid and scarlet colours have recorded more than 1,800 winners.

The Queen's first victory was with Monaveen over jumps at Fontwell Park in 1949 and she was twice champion Flat owner in 1954 and 1957.

She has also bred and owned the winner of every British Classic - 2,000 Guineas, 1,000 Guineas, the Oaks and the St Leger - apart from The Derby.

In 1957, Carrozza was a short-head winner of the Oaks when ridden by Lester Piggott, and the following year Pall Mall provided a surprise 2,000 Guineas success at 20-1.

During the Queen's Silver Jubilee year in 1977, the Dick Hern-trained Dunfermline won both the Oaks and the St Leger, one of just four horses to do this double in the last 50 years.


 

Sonnyboyliston wins Ebor Handicap in photo finish

Sonnyboyliston edged out Quickthorn in a photo finish to win the Ebor Handicap at York.

The four-year-old 10-1 shot, ridden by Ben Coen, settled in the pack in the early stages of the race as Blue Cup and Humanitarian ran a couple of lengths clear.

But, challenging down the middle, Sonnyboyliston pulled into the lead on the final furlong.

Pre-race favourite Hamish was earlier declared a non-runner on account of the going.


 

The Oaks: Frankie Dettori rides Snowfall to record victory

Frankie Dettori rode Snowfall through the rain to win the Oaks at Epsom - his sixth victory in the race.

The Aidan O'Brien-trained horse won by a record 16 lengths, breaking the previous record of 12 lengths set by Sun Princess in 1983.

Mystery Angel finished second, ahead of winner's stablemate Divinely in third.

It was a 40th British Classic triumph for O'Brien, who trains Saturday's Derby favourite Bolshoi Ballet.

Earlier, Martin Dwyer rode Pyledriver to victory in the Coronation Cup.


 

Dettori wins 1000 Guineas for fourth time on Mother Earth

Frankie Dettori won the 1,000 Guineas for the fourth time with a convincing victory on Mother Earth at Newmarket.

It is a third straight 1,000 Guineas win for trainer Aiden O'Brien, who previously had success with Hermosa and Love, and becomes the first trainer to achieve the feat since 1918.

Mother Earth was chased home by Saffron Beach and Fev Rover, with 5-2 joint-favourite Santa Barbara fourth.

It was also O'Brien's fifth 1,000 Guineas victory in the past six years.


 

Enable retired from racing

Record-breaking mare Enable has been retired from racing.

The six-year-old horse finished sixth when seeking a historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victory on 4 October.

Enable, ridden by Frankie Dettori for Newmarket trainer John Gosden, won a record third King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July.

Meanwhile, leading Irish trainer John Oxx - who saddled the brilliant Sea The Stars during a distinguished career - has announced he is to retire.

The 70-year-old, who also trained top horses such as Sinndar, Alamshar and Azamour, said he will not renew his licence next year.

Enable's brilliant career yielded 11 victories at the top Group One level - including two in the Arc, Europe's richest race, in 2017 and 2018.

Her owners Juddmonte, which is headed by Saudi prince Khalid Abdullah, said she would begin a breeding career next year and her first partner will be leading stallion Kingman.


 

Glorious Goodwood: Fancy Blue wins Nassau Stakes for Donnacha O'Brien

Fancy Blue took the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood to give 22-year-old trainer Donnacha O'Brien a Group One winner with his first British runner.

The 11-4 shot, ridden by Ryan Moore, prevailed as Tom Marquand closed on runner-up One Voice, with Nazeef third and favourite Magic Wand unplaced.

O'Brien, son of legendary trainer Aidan, was a Classic-winning jockey who retired from riding 20 months ago.

Earlier, Moore won the Gordon Stakes on Mogul (9-2) for Donnacha's father.

Mogul, who was sixth in the Derby, beat runner-up Highland Chief with Epsom fifth English King -ridden by Frankie Dettori - back in fourth after struggling to find room.

Donnacha only sent out his first winner in February, but claimed a Classic success as a trainer when Fancy Blue landed the French Oaks earlier in July.

After watching from home in Ireland, he indicated the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe could be an option later in the season.