King Charles Narrowly Misses First Win With Historic First Runner As Favorite Educator Is Picked By Okeechobee In Salisbury
- King Charles inherited the Queen’s racing operation after her death
- The William Haggas-trained Educator was his first runner in Salisbury on Thursday
- Three-year-old was sent off the 11-10 favorite in the Radcliffe & Co Handicap
- But Educator had to settle for second when Okeechobee rode to victory
Educator finished second when he became the first runner for the king in the famous royal side in Salisbury.
While His Majesty previously had runners in the colors he shared with the Queen Consort when they were the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, it is the first time the famous purple, red and gold silk has appeared on the course in his name.
The William Haggas-trained Educator was the first horse to race in the colors since Improvise was knocked down at Epsom on September 8, the same day the Queen died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.
Educator (above) was a milestone for King Charles in Salisbury on Thursday
The three-year-old was well supported from odds against to a clear odds-on favourite
Once seen as a Derby hopeful, the three-year-old had been off track since winning a Newmarket handicap in April but was sent off the 11-10 favorite on his return in the Radcliffe & Co Handicap.
Educator traveled well enough through the early part of the race, but with three furlongs to go, Marquand pushed through to keep up as Okeechobee took the lead.
Roger and Harry Charlton’s runner won impressively by four and a quarter length, with Educator staying on for minor accolades.
King Charles Inherited The Queen’s Racing Operation After Her Death On September 8