Tactical claims a poignant success at Newmarket as Andrew Balding-trained colt takes the Queen’s colors to victory for the first time since Prince Philip’s death
- The queen’s colors were worn to a poignant victory at Newmarket
- Tactical got his career back on track by winning the Listed Free Handicap
- The foal won the Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot last season
Tactical got his career back on track at Newmarket on Wednesday to give the Queen a harrowing success in the listed bet365 European Free Handicap.
The three-year-old trained by Andrew Balding is the first horse to carry the royal colors to victory since the death of the Duke of Edinburgh on Friday.
John Warren, the Queen’s race manager, said she would now help decide which race to aim for at Royal Ascot this summer.
The Queen’s colors (left) went to a poignant victory over Newmarket on Wednesday
He explained, “Andrew and I have discussed with the Queen whether we should experiment with what his journey will be.
“This was a learning mission to see if we could reduce it to six. He’s proven that seven furlongs are no problem and that all roads to Ascot are for maybe the Jersey, and he won’t be penalized for winning a listed race. ‘
Meanwhile, Harry Skelton extended his lead over Brian Hughes in the National Hunt jockeys’ title race to three with a double at Cheltenham.