The Queen celebrates birthday on first day of Dubai Duty Free race meeting
The Queen celebrated her 91st birthday on the opening day of the Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials meeting at Newbury Racecourse, heralding the start of the 2017 flat racing season in the UK.
Her Majesty graced the occasion on April 21 for the eighth successive year, while the leading airport retailer celebrated 22 years of support for British horseracing.
Her Majesty's Maths Prize horse, trained by Roger Charlton and ridden by Ryan Moore, contested the £16,000 Dubai Duty Free Golf World Cup EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes for three-year-olds, the first of eight races backed by Dubai Duty Free at the two-day fixture.
A 223-day absence proved too stern a task, however, as Shutter Speed, one of two Khalid Abdullah-owned John Gosden-trained fillies, won the race comfortably under Frankie Dettori.
In the Dubai Duty Free Full of Surprises Stakes, a £20,000 seven furlongs handicap for three-year-olds, the winner was 25-1 outsider Bacchus for William Buick riding for Brian Meehan.
The Dubai Duty Free Class 2 Handicap brought a speedy conclusion to the first day's sponsorship when Sir Robert Cheval took just 60 seconds to land the £25,000 five furlong sprint.
Dubai Duty Free’s Executive Vice Chairman & CEO, Colm McLoughlin and Salah Tahlak, Executive Vice President – Corporate Services, were on hand to present trophies to the delighted winning connections in each of the Dubai Duty Free-sponsored races.
Despite disappointment for the Queen, the meeting did produce one Royal winner when Mulhimatty battled gamely to carry the colors of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum to victory in a thrilling three-way photo-finish in the first division of the Coln Valley Stud Bridget Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, the penultimate race on the program.