The Queen has earned £8.7m from horse racing winnings as her favourite hobby turns out to be a successful one too

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The Queen has earned £8.7m from horse racing winnings as her favourite hobby turns out to be a successful one too
Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

Plus, body language analyst reveals The Queen’s demeanour toward her horses winning demonstrates how down-to-earth she is

Since 1988, the Queen has racked up £8.7m in prize money from horse racing, one of her favourite pass times and a life-long hobby of hers.

In the last 35 years, the Queen has won 566 races and has entered horses in 3,441 races in the UK, research by OLBG has revealed.

The Queen’s best year as an owner was last year, when she amassed £584,399 and 36 wins from her horses that carry the famous colours, a purple jacket with gold braid, red sleeves and a black velvet cap with a gold fringe.

Image Credit: Shutterstock/Shaun Jeffers

Punters flock to back her majesty’s horses when given the chance and bettors backing the Queen’s horses at every opportunity will have had the best returns in 2018 when a £1 stake on each horse returned a profit of £30.19, while the worst year for backing royal runners was in 2020, where a £1 stake on every horse resulted in a loss of £81.74.

Loyal punters backing the Queen’s horse in every race over the last 35 years will find themselves £492.55 down the bookies from a £1 stake on each entry.

Winners Already in 2022

The Queen is enjoying a good year in racing and has won 20% of the races her horses have been entered in, close to her most successful strike rate of 24% in 1999. [to 27/5/22]

The Queen is a passionate supporter of horse racing and regularly attends the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot, where she had her greatest day as a horse owner when Estimate won the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup, the biggest race of the meeting.

The Queen inherited the breeding and racing stock from King George VI, in 1952 but hasn’t been able to inspire the same passion in her children.

The Duchess Of Cornwall, however, has shown a keen interest in horse racing and has collected £134,606 since she started owning horses in 2008 with a year-high of £40,885 coming in 2016, though they have only been in the Winner’s Enclosure eight times.

Body language expert Darren Stanton analyses the Queen’s love of horses and horse racing

The Queen’s demeanour towards her horses winning demonstrates how down-to-earth she is

Darren Stanton - Body Language Expert -

The Queen’s love of racing and the extreme passion that she shows once again just demonstrates how human and down-to-earth the Queen is as she is showing all the normal emotions that we all display. This is evident in footage of her celebrating her horse, Estimate, winning the Ascot Gold Cup in 2013; the footage of the Queen watching her horse triumph is one of the most revealing and fantastic pieces of footage of the Queen there is.

The Queen makes several interesting gestures and often leans forward when watching her horses, which is a sign of great interest. When watching her horse win, she has the most genuine and engaging expressions of enjoyment on her face. The crows feet at the side of her eyes - which everyone possesses regardless of age - are fully engaged showing that she is in a moment of most ecstatic joy. She also slams the palms of her hands down on the counter in front of her which again is a gesture we tend to make when we have just witnessed something that we are truly passionate about

She clasps her hands again, something that we do in the triumph of an achievement and then she makes a really great gesture she leans back and puts out her chest, which gesture of pride and achievement.

The Queen has a deep connection with her horses

Darren Stanton - Body Language Expert -

The photograph of the Queen and two horses released to mark her recent birthday is interesting because the horses are very large and could easily pull away the Queen, who is naturally quite small. However, it’s clear that she has a deep rapport with both horses and they know just who is in charge.

Just like with humans that can build a connection and a bridge to other people in terms of trust integrity and openness, it is very normal for people to also build the same kind of trust with animals, especially horses.

It’s clear that the horses and the Queen have such a deep connection that she trusts them not to misbehave and they accept the Queen is in charge, so it is very much what we call in psychology a ‘power pose’ that demonstrates the Queen’s high level of confidence in her horses.

Image Credit: Shutterstock/Chris Allan

Royal Racing Records and Success by Year

Whilst blindly betting on the Queen's horses since 1988 would have left you with rather empty pockets in most cases, the returns in prize money have mounted up substantially. Her best year to date was 2021 when over half a million pounds in prize money was amassed from 166 runners returning 36 wins in total.

A further 70 places (A better than 50% win and place strike rate) also contributed to the total of £584,399

The Queen’s record as a horse racing owner since 1988

2022 8 40 20 8 8 6 £160,470 0.75
2021 36 166 22 26 24 20 £584,399 -12.98
2020 22 162 14 28 21 17 £291,335 -81.74
2019 29 147 20 24 19 24 £542,543 -7.54
2018 19 96 20 14 15 10 £374,755 30.19
2017 21 110 19 15 16 15 £449,794 -10.01
2016 23 122 19 22 18 14 £557,650 -22.11
2015 20 111 18 13 18 12 £482,914 -34.72
2014 23 117 20 18 18 9 £344,662 -11.21

Other Royals too have had significant racing interest, none more so that the late Queen Mother and the Duke of Westminster, and let's not forget Charles, whose figures are below, but as we see, a far lesser interest in terms of runners overall.

Prince of Wales and Duchess Of Cornwall record as horse racing owners since 2008

2021 1 6 17 0 0 2 £6,340.00 3
2020 0 4 0 0 1 0 £510.00 -4
2019 0 3 0 0 0 1 £289.00 -3
2018 1 8 13 1 1 2 £27,924.00 -4.25
2017 0 9 0 1 1 0 £7,122.00 -9
2016 0 6 0 3 0 0 £40,885.00 -6
2015 2 9 22 3 2 1 £29,469.00 -2.25
2014 2 5 40 1 0 0 £10,371.00 15.5
2013 0 3 0 0 1 0 £577.00 -3

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