Gai Waterhouse’s Royal Cake Shame

“TJ won the Queen’s Plate at Randwick with Acquidity when the Queen was there and did the presentation,” she said. “They got along like a house on fire. There are wonderful photos of them laughing.

She said she was “honoured” to be invited to attend Monday’s service, adding that the Queen was “the best endorsement of the race”.

“Also, it was palpable to see the pleasure she took in running,” she said.

David Hayes, who trained Australia’s first queen winner, was also invited.Credit:Eddie Jim

David Hayes, whose father Colin hosted the Queen at Lindsay Park Family Training Center in the Barossa Valley in 1977, said he was touched to receive a phone call from the palace last week with an invitation to attend in the service.

Hayes, now based in Hong Kong, groomed Australia’s first Queen’s winner six years ago, a horse named Bold Sniper.

“The Queen visited our estate when I was 13 to see the champion stallion Without Fear and mum and dad hosted her for lunch,” Hayes told this masthead in London.

“It was a huge thing in South Australia. I opened the door for the queen and had door-opening rehearsals for an hour.

David Hayes, then 13, holds the door for the Queen.

David Hayes, then 13, holds the door for the Queen.

“And of course I trained Bold Sniper, who was the first horse to win a race for her in Australia. Racing was her passion, it was part of her life and it was a pleasure to participate in it.

Hayes was invited to the Royal Box at Ascot in 2018, along with his wife, Prue and son Ben, when they took Redkirk Warrior to run the monarch track.


“She was an amazing woman, who loved racing. She had great knowledge but always wanted to know more about the methods and the reasons behind the decisions,” he said.

“She was just wonderful to have conversations with.”

Queen Consort Camilla is set to succeed Elizabeth II as royal racing figurehead and assume oversight of her beloved stable of racehorses.

Although King Charles III will officially inherit Sandringham Stud and ownership of Ascot Racecourse, the Queen Consort’s love of horses and passion for racing will likely see her play a more central role in the business of both.

John Warren, who was the racing director of the late Queen’s, said last year that Camilla was “absolutely obsessed with racing”, while Charles had only an independent interest.

Waterhouse’s husband Robbie said that although the Queen was not a punter there was always a sweep on the main race in the royal box.

“She was generous in spirit,” he said. “She always, when she had a horse in training, sent the stable a sizeable Christmas check which was well used by my staff at the local hotel. No other owner does this. May God bless her”.

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