Just Fine gives King Charles III his first winner at Leicester


Just Fine is one of the horses owned by Queen Elizabeth II

Just Fine made history as King Charles III’s first winner since inheriting the Queen’s horses.

The 10-3 shot, who won at Leicester, became the sixth runner to wear the royal purple, red and gold since Queen Elizabeth II’s death on September 8.

Ryan Moore won the horse’s 10 furlong handicap race for trainer Sir Michael Stoute at 15:10 BST.

“Their Majesties are delighted with the success of Just Fine,” said a spokesman for the King and Queen Consort.

Just Fine won the £15,000 race by four and a half lengths over 9-4 favorite Sea The Casper.

Queen Elizabeth II acquired her racing colors – scarlet with purple hoop sleeves and a black cap – in 1949 when she and her mother bought Monaveen.

“A winner for the King! It’s great for him to do that, and it was very impressive,” Stout said.

Stoute and Moore teamed up to give the Queen victory with Estimate in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013.

The king’s first runner, the Educator, was second in Salisbury on Thursday and while the horses will be running in her name, Queen Consort Camilla is expected to be of great interest.

“I’m delighted that the King and Queen Consort have had their first winner and they will be delighted,” said John Warren, the King’s racing manager.

“I’m absolutely thrilled for Sir Michael Stoute, who has probably been Her Majesty’s longest-serving coach, and Ryan Moore, who has put in a lot of effort as well.

“And for the whole team at Sandringham, who try and do their best to produce all the horses in good form, so it’s a big commitment from everyone to get a result.”

When the King was the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall he had winners in the colors he shared with the Queen Consort.

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