King Charles narrowly misses out on maiden victory with first Educator runner at Salisbury

King Charles narrowly misses out on maiden win with historic first runner as Favorite Educator is overtaken by Okeechobee at Salisbury

  • King Charles inherited the queen’s racing operation after her death.
  • Educator, trained by William Haggas, was his first runner at Salisbury on Thursday.
  • The three-year-old was kicked out of the 11-10 favorite in the Radcliffe & Co Handicap
  • But Educator had to settle for second place as Okeechobee cruised to victory.

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Educator finished second when he became the King’s first runner in the famous royal silks at Salisbury.

While Her Majesty has previously had runners in the colors she shared with the Queen Consort when they were the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, it is the first time the famous purple, red and gold silks have taken to the runway on her behalf.

Educator, trained by William Haggas, was the first horse to compete in the colors since Improvise was defeated at Epsom on September 8, the same day the queen died at her Balmoral estate in Scotland.

Educator (above) was a historic first runner for King Charles at Salisbury on Thursday

The three-year-old was well supported from odds against to a clear favorite with odds

The three-year-old was well supported from odds against to a clear favorite with odds

The three-year-old was well supported from odds against to a clear favorite with odds

Once seen as a Derby contender, the three-year-old had been off the track since winning a Newmarket handicap in April but was ejected from the 11-10 favorite on his return in the Radcliffe & Co Handicap.

Educator rode well enough for the first part of the race, but with three furlongs to go, Marquand was pushing to hold on as Okeechobee moved into the lead.

The Roger and Harry Charlton runner won by 4 1/4 lengths in impressive fashion, leaving Educator with minor honours.

King Charles has inherited the racing operation from the Queen following her death on September 8.

King Charles has inherited the racing operation from the Queen following her death on September 8.

King Charles has inherited the racing operation from the Queen following her death on September 8.

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