Queen’s export to France

The transfer of the Queen's filly Humdrum from Richard Hannon's stable to that of John Hammond means that for the first time she will have a horse trained in France.

The three-year-old filly has run nine times in Britain, winning three of her races and being placed in three others. Most recently she finished fourth in the listed Prix Occitanie at Bordeaux earlier this month, and following this race the move to her new trainer took place.

The Queen Mother broke with hundreds of years of tradition when she sent some of her jumping horses to be trained in France by François Doumen. However, this move signals a change in policy for the current monarch. Nicky Henderson trains her few jump horses, but the Queen's greater interest is always been flat racing. As well as having horses with Hannon, some Michael Stoute, Roger Charlton, Michael Bell and Andrew Balding all train horses for her.

Hammond said, "It's a great honour to train a horse for the Queen. It was always the plan for humdrum to come to me after Bordeaux. She needs soft ground and will benefit from this here. We have no specific plans yet but she ran a nice race last time and looks to be effective over seven furlongs to a mile and two furlongs, so she is quite versatile." Humdrum won twice last season at seven furlongs and a mile, both times on good to soft going, whilst her one victory this year was over a mile at Kempton's all-weather track.

The Queen's interest in racing springs from her youth, when she inherited a sizeable string from her father, King George VI. Typically, she has around 20 horses in training at any given time, and will be hoping that humdrum is moved to France will give her a first winner there in the ten years since Interlude was successful at Deauville in 2000.

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