King Charles makes historic trip to South Yorkshire for Betfred St Leger Festival to see his horse Desert Hero race

The King's horse Desert Hero just missed out on the top three.
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King Charles and Queen Camilla have arrived in South Yorkshire to attend Doncaster racecourse to see the King's horse race, in an historic first trip to the location.

The King’s horse, Desert Hero, was 5/1 to win the race and finished third behind winner Continuous.

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The two royals shook hands with and spoke with some of the racegoers as they arrived, around an hour before the big race at 3:35pm.

King Charles' horse was bred and left for him by the late Queen Elizabeth II. Trainer William Haggas, responsible for the 3-year-old colt, earlier told QIPCO British Champions Series: "Desert Hero winning would mean the world to everyone in our industry.

"We have been fortunate for so long to have such stoic Royal patronage, and anything that can enhance that will be good. As much as we all want to win, I think even connections of the other runners would enjoy a victory for the King and the Queen."

The King and Queen travelled down from Scotland to be at the races, hoping to win a Classic for the first time since Queen Elizabeth claimed the St Leger in 1977.

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The King was also in attendance to say farewell to legendary jockey Frankie Dettori with the St Leger being his final Classic race he rides in before retiring.

Dettori won over 50 races for the Queen during his 35-year career in the saddle and finished second on 10/3 favourite Arrest in the Betfred St Leger on Saturday.