Carlton House is 16-1 to win Sunday's Hong Kong Cup at Sha TinPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Carlton House to be trained in Australia
CARLTON HOUSE will become the Queen's first horse to be trained in Australia when he leaves the care of Sir Michael Stoute after running in the Hong Kong Cup on Sunday.
The four-year-old, who finished third in last year's Derby, won the Brigadier Gerard Stakes on his seasonal debut this term before finishing second to So You Think in the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot.
He was last seen finishing fourth in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes back at Ascot on Champions Day and will join leading Australian trainer Gai Waterhouse.
"Carlton House looks the perfect candidate to race in Australia where there are a considerable number of options for an older horse," said John Warren, the Queen's racing and bloodstock adviser.
"Sir Michael Stoute has trained Carlton House beautifully and Her Majesty is looking forward to the horse running in the Hong Kong Cup next Sunday, which is a wonderful meeting.
"The Queen is very enthusiastic about the prospect of having her first runner in Australia. We will let Carlton House settle in and acclimatise before a race programme will be decided upon.
"It is an exciting plan and a wonderful opportunity for Her Majesty to have a horse that can participate in Australia where racing is top class."
The Darley-bred Carlton House is 16-1 with BetVictor and Coral to win the Hong Kong Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.