King Charles’ horse Desert Hero all set for St Leger glory after Goodwood win – Times of India


King Charles III could be on course to emulate his late mother Queen Elizabeth II and win racing’s oldest classic the English St Leger after his horse Desert Hero’s win at Glorious Goodwood.

Dunfermline carried the famous royal colours to victory in the 1977 St Leger and the manner of Desert Hero’s victory in Thursday’s Gordon Stakes had the King’s racing manager John Warren dreaming of a similar result at Doncaster on September 16.
His victory under Tom Marquand won him a 6/1 quote for the classic, following their win at Royal Ascot, which had the British monarch in tears.

“I think the horse is so committed and brave I will chat with William (Haggas the trainer) but I would not be surprised if he’ll want to roll the dice and give it a go,” said Warren. “There’s no downside in giving it a go so why not?”
There had been concerns that the King might not be as interested in racing as his mother, but Warren stated that he and his wife, Queen Camilla, had always known they would.
“I spoke to the King 30 odd years ago and he always said when he came to supporting the British bloodstock industry he was always going to be committed,” said Warren. “Results like this make the King appreciate why we do what we do.
Desert Hero’s success in the Group Three race stole the thunder from the feature event the Nassau Stakes.
Al Husn then surprised everyone by gate-crashing what was supposed to be a fight between last year’s French Oaks champion Nashwa and this year’s winners Blue Rose Cen.
Star French filly Blue Rose Cen’s chances disappeared when her jockey Aurelien Lemaitre found his path down the rails blocked by Irish raider Above The Curve.
After passing Above The Curve, Al Husn’s jockey Jim Crowley had enough in the tank to fight off a renewed charge from the Irish challenger.
For Crowley it was his second Group One success inside a week — he won the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Hukum last Saturday after a thrilling duel with Rob Hornby on Westover.
(with inputs from AFP)


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