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The Queen and John Warren watch the action from the Royal Trust at Epsom Derby Day 2015
Written by Lee Mutersed
Remarkably, it was only two months ago, the day of July that his perfect and touching story can now be told for the first time.
The Queen was based in Windsor, where a few weeks earlier she had seen both Derby and Royal Ascot on TV. Due to commuting issues that forced the most respected person in the sport to forgo the joy of attending those events in person, John Warren arranged for her to receive some particularly special visitors.
Exquisitely groomed by teams in her studs, 15 of Her Majesty’s newest sibling crops have been installed in the Royal Stables temporarily. In normal times, the Queen would have enjoyed traveling around those farms to check on them. This time they came to her. One or two had had some sort of normal conformation issues well known to breeders like this for a long time, but among the children waiting to be shown was a purebred breed rich in quality, by superior stallions and from prized mares such as appreciation, memory and diploma. In proportions and appearance, they were an exceptional group.
Warren, the Queen’s Special Advisor to Racing and Blood Horses for 21 years, has vivid memories of that day. The first thing he remembers is watching his 96-year-old boss drive his Jaguar from the castle to the Meus. After standing in the yard, she got off on her own and then looked at Warren with sparkling eyes.
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“guess what!” She said to him her face expression will stay with him forever.
“What, madam?” He answered, sensing the joy the Queen was about to pass on her news.
“I’m not stiff,” she said, causing Warren to question why she was stiff.
“I rode yesterday!” The Queen, full of pride, stated that she had disembarked the meos the day before, rode her horse at boarding school and awoke the next morning undisturbed. It was a wonderful encounter that set the tone for what would follow.
The Queen was shown every year, one by one. It had already become clear to Warren that they were directly under the Heathrow runway, as a result of which Memory’s daughter crouched down to inspect a plane that suddenly appeared above her. The Queen is watching her, fascinated, fascinated and excited.
Says Warren, who is for him the culmination of his work with the most famous sports scientist owner educator. They have worked together for years to improve the quality of their brood squad and the profile of stallions visited by mares. Never before have the final results contained such a justified hope for future glories.
“When horses are not bred this way, breeding often determines the end result,” Warren says. “In the past we’ve been excited about horses’ fitness, but when they were next to mid-range stallions, you could laugh at their height.
“I think the Queen was very proud to see the green shoots start to look right. The record number of winners last year was phenomenal and helped revitalize the understanding that we are now a rabbit breath of having some really beautiful horses.”
“The Queen’s greatest tragedy is that I think she has bred her best crop of siblings this year. History will prove I was right or wrong, but I believe the current crop can continue all the way. I truly believe the Queen has a serious opportunity to leave a very important legacy.” “.
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Hayley Turner gets close to the Queen and John Warren after a royal success in Newbury in 2013
On that summer day no one knew that the Queen would die only two months later, yet she must also have known that her time could be up before the racing careers of these one-year-olds could begin.
Warren, confident that the idea did not enter the Queen’s head, insists, “If it came to her mind, she wouldn’t let her.” As someone who has known her for four decades – his father-in-law, Lord Carnarvon, preceded him in his coveted role – it is reasonable to believe that Warren is correct in his assessment.
Indeed, not only was he working with the Queen, but the vampire and his wife Lady Caroline Warren also had the constant privilege of having the Queen stay as a one-night guest at their Milford Lake House, just three fields away from Highclere Castle. I sat on the sofa from which questions are directed to Warren, who is in a black-tie and jacket as he speaks with interest and respect of a grieving lady around the world.
“The Queen has been coming to this house for 60 years,” Warren explains. “She was comfortable here. When she was in that house and had dinner with people we invited from different races, one of them was talking to one of the jockeys. When I saw her on TV, she was the Queen.”
On average, they spoke every day, while Warren always arranged for a royal sprinter coach to meet the Queen at a set time before any race.
“Some of the things she had to deal with as sovereign weren’t quite that nice, but with horses there was always hope and positivity,” Warren says. “I think that gave her a real boost. If it was a chore she wouldn’t want to talk when I phoned, but I can’t remember a single occasion across the years when she didn’t take one of those calls.
“Racing was a very important part of her daily life. It is also absolutely true that she read the Racing Post every morning, without fail. It was a ritual — and when I say she read it, I mean she really read it. You will never see her studying a race card at the races because she She had already done her homework and sent in any relevant information.”
Throughout her 70-year reign, racing fans have enjoyed the ability to see the Queen up close. The last chance to do so came last October at the British Qipco Day of Champions in Ascot, where she was awarded a trophy marking her induction into the Sports Hall of Fame. Sadly, this year she was unable to make her usual trips to the Royal Meeting, Newbury in April, and the Derby, which were part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
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Milford Lake House, home of John and Lady Caroline Warren, and a place where the Queen regularly resides
“The Queen was very aware of her abilities,” Warren says. “She ran it in the wires, but the day before the derby I knew it was going to be a step too far. Talking to her that night, I said Caroline and I shouldn’t go to Epsom and asked if she would like us to watch the race with her.” Right? I asked, I answered, of course we will.
“We went to Windsor and we all watched the race together, with copies of the Racing Post posted everywhere. She was totally absorbed in every minute of the occasion, which was very special. Seeing Stoutey win the derby with the Desert Crown was also a real pick for the Queen, who spoke to him after That’s over the phone.
After tea, as we were leaving, I asked the Queen if we would watch the Platinum Jubilee Concert that evening. And after we had said yes, the Queen said, ‘I really think you should make sure to watch the start of the concert Caroline and I got into the car and I wondered aloud why The Queen made sure to see her from the start. When we saw the Paddington Bear drawing, we knew why. She was very proud of that. “
As an enthusiastic participant in the race, she has never been more proud than when she won the 2013 Gold Cup with appreciation, as was gloriously evident in the now-famous TV photos that showed the Queen and Warren preparing to house a filly from the royal box and then happily celebrating.
It was special for many reasons, one of which was the generosity of the Aga Khan, who decided seven years earlier that as a birthday present for the 80th Queen, he would give her access to ten mares of ten different breeds, with the Queen. Take ownership of the first filly produced by each mare. Estimation was one such skill. One year after winning the Queen’s Vase, she returns to Royal Ascot, where she has trained to the moment under Sir Michael Stott. Gorgeously captivated by Ryan Moore, she emerged victorious after a lightning ground fight in a row, making the Queen the first queen to win the Gold Cup.
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Appreciation and Ryan Moore won the 2013 Queen’s Gold Cup
Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)