KING Charles has been begged by Royal fans to give Zara Tindall a big new role in charge of the late Queen’s racehorses – rather than sell them.
The monarch is set to put 12 of his late mother’s best thoroughbreds up for auction later this month.
King Charles has inherited his late mother’s multi-million pound racing operation
Some Royal racing fans think Zara Tindall, here with husband Mike at Royal Ascot, would be suitable to spearhead the family’s yard
A report in the Daily Mail says Charles is planning to ‘wind down’ his late mother’s multi-million pound racing operation.
This will include flogging the likes of Just Fine, the four-year-old gelding who was Charles’ first winner in the famous Royal silks.
Love Affairs, who won at Goodwood just two days before the Queen’s death last month, is another who could be sold.
Queen Consort Camilla was at Ascot’s Champions Day last Saturday.
It was believed she would be the one to spearhead the Royal racing operation given her keen interest in the sport.
But fans think Tindall, the King’s niece and a former Eventing world champion and 2012 Olympics silver medallist, could do a great job overseeing the whole thing too.
In response to reports Charles is looking to sell some of his late mother’s most beloved runners, one fan said online: “King Charles should keep the horses and maybe give the responsibility for them to Zara.
“The Queen would be saddened [if they were all sold].”
Another wrote: “I think our dear Queen Elizabeth would be most upset at King Charles selling off her thoroughbred racehorses.
“Her racing silks are so well known and respected.
“Wouldn’t it be a lovely idea to pass her baton over to Princess Anne or Zara? Both with a lifetime of horse involvement.”
Another said Zara – whose former England rugby star husband Mike is due to appear on I’m A Celeb – would have been the ‘perfect’ choice to take over.
A Royal source told the Mail: “The desire is to continue with the traditions and connections with Royal Ascot but not on the same scale as Her Majesty because she had a passion.”
However, there is a fear the Royal stud ‘could be a museum in three years’ amid claims the breeding operation is to be wound down.
Sun Racing told you one significant change is already in the process of being made since the Queen’s passing.
John Warren, the Royal racing manager and one of her late Majesty’s most trusted and loyal friends, is set to be moved on.
In charge of her racing operation for more than 13 years, Warren, a hugely respected figure in the industry, was talking horses with the Queen just before her death at Balmoral.
He said: “We sat there for hours strategising and making plans going forward.
“I think the nicest thing for me is to know that she was surrounded by her family members.
“She really loved having them right there with her and being able to talk about her horses and her love for her horses right to the very end.”