Ryan Moore has ridden the first winner for King Charles III. Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II last month the famous purple, red and gold silks were transferred to King Charles III.
Ryan Moore rode ‘Just Fine’ trained by Sir Michael Stoute, to win at Leicester’s Premier Event Hire Venue Handicap.
The King’s racing manager, John Warren, added: “I’m delighted that The King and Queen Consort have had their first winner and they’ll be delighted. I’m also absolutely thrilled for Sir Michael Stoute, who was probably the longest standing trainer for Her Majesty, and for Ryan Moore, who has put in a big effort as well.And for all the team at Sandringham, who rear and go through all the effort to produce the horses all in good shape, so it’s a big commitment on everyone’s part to get a result.”
Since then “Just Fine” was among 14 of the late Queen Elizabeth’s horses up for auction at the Tattersalls annual Autumn Horses in Training Sales. Just Fine was sold for 300,000 guineas to McKeever Bloodstock/Waterhouse Bott Racing.
Jimmy George, a spokesman at Tattersall’s confirmed that the sale of the horses was “nothing out of the ordinary. The Queen had brood mares of her own, she would breed them and sell them. You can’t keep them all.”