‘I will cherish the chats I had with her’ – Lambourne’s response to the Queen’s death | horse racing news

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Cliff Cox: Train the eventual winner of the Queen at Goodwood on Tuesday

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By James Byrne, Lambourne Reporter

The last person to coach a Queen winner was Clive Cox, who cut an official figure in his Lambourn yard on Friday morning.

Busy terrorizing his mare before 6 a.m. in preparation for the first piece, Cox was in charge of the Love Affairs, a descendant of the Queen who won custody at Goodwood on Tuesday under Adam Kirby.

“I’ve owned horses for the Queen for the past two years and was amazed when their racing director John Warren came by and saw me about it,” said the trainer.

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Love Affairs: The Queen’s Final Winner at Goodwood on Tuesday

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‘He asked if we could have a few horses for Her Majesty and it was an honor and a privilege, and it lifted the mood of the yard. Personally and professionally, I had a lot of admiration for the Queen and her love for horses. Not only was training for her a tremendous thing, but talking to her was a great deal. Personally and understand her passion for horses.

“She was exactly how people thought she would be, and she was a great person to talk to – she cared about everything she was talking about, especially the horses.

“We are heartbroken and it is a huge loss. I spoke to her the Tuesday morning before the race and she seemed as sharp as ever and was very interested in the horses. She knew them and their origins from the inside out. I will cherish those chats and she will never forget them.”

Cox, a former jump jockey, added: “It was a huge surprise when I was asked to train for her, but it was the most special experience. It was amazing. I was in sales on Tuesday morning and it was very busy. Day [meeting new prime minister Liz Truss] But she actually called me back. She was really interested in the plan for this horse and the others in general. She was very special.

“She presented the trophy when Lethal Force won their Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot, but training for her was something I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams. Her passion for horses was very real and she was attuned to racing and breeding, and wonderful through and through. Her relationship with horses is something that everyone in racing recognizes and was Sharing that with her is great.”

Former coach Martin Bosley, now with Cox, was in Southwell to supervise the runners in the arena on Thursday when news of the Queen’s death broke and the race was abandoned.

He said: “I stood by the weight room and there was a loudspeaker announcement of the Queen’s death. There was a picture on the big screen and then total silence. It was very scary, but there were no complaints. Everyone came out very quietly and the situation was very bleak. It was surreal A bit too weird. They said the bars might stay open for some time, but the people didn’t hang out—they were really upset and drifted off very quickly.”

Bosley, who finished his training in the spring, added: “For most of us, she’s the only Queen we’ve ever known, and she’s been as great at horse racing as the Queen Mother has done before. She was such a leader and you could see the warmth people felt for her during Royal Ascot as they dash to the bars to watch the royal procession.”

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Jimmy Snowden: Winners rode for the Queen

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Jamie Snowden, Cox’s Lambourne counterpart, took three winners out of just five rounds for the late King as an amateur.

“I was very lucky,” he said. “It’s a sad day. I think I first met her when I was at Sandhurst in 2001 and then had a connection to ride First Love and go to the Grand Military gala at Windsor Castle, which has always been so special.

“I remember once in Windsor Castle and the barber shop, from Nikki said [Henderson] The coach will need some head coverings. I never mentioned anything to his boss, but after three runs or so he was wearing some headgear. She had that knowledge.”

Snowden, who trained the helpful inhibitor Pasiphae for King Charles III and Queen Consort added: “One of my companions, Jordan Wiley, set up a guild to win the Great Military Gold Cup and Princess Anne was in it. We were invited by a Queen to a reception at Windsor Castle and Jordan – an amazing and charismatic man who built schools Off the coast of Africa – freeze.

“He thought he couldn’t go and drink the Queen’s champagne, but we put him in the car and the Queen heard about his charitable work and spoke to him for 15 minutes, which put him completely at ease.

“I was so proud and honored to have these winners for her and everyone on the rider is talking about that this morning. There is a real sense of sadness, but also proud of what she has done for the races.”

Flat trainer Jonathan Portman was another gallop coach on Friday morning, and after working two pieces, he said: “I got a little word in the tennis room first because the wonderful thing about the Queen is that she has touched people in all walks of life.

“I’ve never met her and that’s something I regret. I always thought I might meet her somehow and it never happened. I would have loved to meet her and I thought she would have loved me! “

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Jonathan Portman: “It has improved the importance of racing and how lucky we are to have been a part of it”

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