THE Queen could surpass £9million in prize-money from racing if her horses do the business at Royal Ascot on Thursday and Friday.
Since 1988, the monarch has racked up an incredible £8.7m from racing, long known as one her greatest passions.
Over the next two days, the Queen has six runners at the royal meeting – including odds-on favourite Reach For The Moon in the Hampton Court Stakes at 5.35 today.
Other big chances include Saga in the Britannia (Thursday, 5.00) and Just Fine in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes (Friday, 3.40).
The Queen’s other runners over the next two days are Tactical (Thursday, 6.10), Discretion (Friday, 5.00) and Spring Is Sprung (Friday, 6.10)
Her majesty’s record as owner is superb, having recorded 566 winners as well as entering 3,441 in races over her career.
The Queen, who will not be attending Royal Ascot on Thursday, also has a strong affinity with Royal Ascot as an owner and celebrated a huge success in 2013 when Estimate won the Gold Cup.
Her success as an owner has only gone from strength to strength and las year she enjoyed her finest as an owner – winning £584,399.
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Reach For The Moon is undoubtedly the Queen’s best chance of winner at Royal Ascot this week.
The three-year-old had been a leading candidate for this year’s Derby before an injury held him up at the start of the season.
After making a good reappearance in the Heron Stakes at Sandown, he now appears ready to take his bow on flat racing’s biggest stage.
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