King Charles III’s first royal runner faces 3 rivals at Salisbury on Thursday

Educator goes to post.

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King Charles III will have his first runner as the head of the UK monarchy on Thursday.

Educator will be the first horse to carry the royal silks since Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8. The Deep Impact colt faces three rivals at Salisbury in the Class 2 Radcliffe & Co Handicap over 1m2f at 4.54pm.

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Tom Marquand has been booked to ride by trainer William Haggas and the jockey said it was “a moment to cherish”. He added: “Hopefully we can get off to a good start.”

The royal racing operation was passed to the King following the death of his mother, a major supporter of the sport, earlier this month.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “Queen Elizabeth’s great personal interest in horse racing was one of Her Majesty’s lifelong passions and the King is delighted to honour Her legacy.”

BHA bigwig Joe Saumarez Smith said: “The loss of Her Late Majesty was keenly felt within the racing and breeding industries given her lifelong passion for the sport, and so we are naturally thrilled to see that the horses previously owned by her will race on in the ownership of His Majesty King Charles III.

“Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II left an indelible mark on our sport and her legacy will continue to be felt, not only through the horses who will continue to run in the name of King Charles III but also those she bred and who are yet to be seen on the racecourse in the years to come.

“We wish Educator and King Charles III the very best of luck on Thursday, and keenly look forward to further successes in those famous royal silks on British racecourses.”

Educator has not been seen on track since scoring at Newmarket in a Class 3 handicap off a mark of 85 in April. He was raised 5lbs for that success.

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