No fairytale ending for Queen and Carlton House

The Queen's horse Carlton House (r) missed out to So You Think in the Prince of Wales Stakes.

Story highlights

  • So You Think wins Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot
  • The Queen's horse, Carlton House, beaten by two-and-a-quarter lengths
  • Winning horse now expected to retire to stud
  • The Queen has not had a Group 1 winner in Britain since 1977

The Queen's hopes of marking her Diamond Jubilee with a win at Royal Ascot were dashed when her horse, Carlton House, was beaten by two-and-a-quarter lengths by So You Think in the showpiece Prince of Wales Stakes on Wednesday.

The victory marked redemption for the Aiden O'Brien-trained six-year-old. Runner-up in this race last year to the ill-fated Rewilding, the New Zealand-bred horse has traveled the globe in search of an elusive 10th Group 1 victory.

The dual Cox Plate winner could be considered to be the horse with the biggest carbon footprint in racing, having tried his luck in Australia, France, the U.S. and Dubai.

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He is now expected to take a well-deserved retirement to stud having passed the £5 million ($7.87m) prize money barrier.

The Queen, dressed in pink for the second day of Royal Ascot, had watched Carlton House parade before the race and exchanged a few words with Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai, who gifted Carlton House to the Queen as a yearling.

One of the best-known owners and breeders of racehorses in the country, the Queen has not had a Group 1 winner in Britain since Dunfermline captured the St Ledger Stakes in her Silver Jubilee year, 1977.

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