I was determined not to write anything about the birth of the Prince of Cambridge yesterday, and indeed, I’ve been on to the Guardian website this morning to press the “republican” button that filters out all the froth about the new baby. Then something came to light…..
The royals have a long tradition of racehorse ownership, which over the years has served them well. Now, there are indications that they have an unusual influence over racecards. Take the day that William and Kate got married, 29 April 2011. That evening, the opening raced at Fontwell was a fairly ordinary handicap chase. Except that a horse called Royal Wedding won it, which since then has finished seventh and pulled up on its subsequent races.
Now fast forward to yesterday and Ballinrobe. The last race, a maiden hurdle, featured horses called King William and Hospital. As the betting forecast in yesterday’s Racing Post suggested, the two were clear market leaders, and duly finished in first and second place.
Now the question arises as to whether the proud parents have arranged a clue about the baby’s name in today’s runners. There are plenty to choose from, with three Bobs, Danny, Jack, Tommy, Ivor, Nick, Oscar and Victor all appearing at one of the meetings. I’d like to be Macbeth, who is odds on in Ballinrobe’s opener this evening, but somehow I can’t see that as the choice.
Perhaps a safer option is Jubilant Queen at Ffos Las tonight and to wait for tomorrow’s declarations.