At Flemington racecourse this afternoon, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother saw three of Australia's finest horses race neck and neck to the finishing line in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
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SPORT: HORSE RACING
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Background: At Flemington racecourse this afternoon, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother saw three of Australia's finest horses race neck and neck to the finishing line in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Sailor's Guide won from Prince Darius with Tulloch third. It was a memorable race on a memorable day.
Smooth green lawns and flower beds ablaze with roses, zinnias, begonias and other blooms ... it was a brilliant setting for the meeting at Flemington this afternoon. Among the thousands who attended there was an air of mounting excitement which reached its peak as the Royal car appeared on the green course, with its escort of mounted police.
Spontaneous cheers echoed out across the course as the smiling Queen Mother drove slowly by.
The Governor, Sir Dallas Brooks, was there to greet Her Majesty. Then committee members of the V.R.C. were presented ... first, Sir Chester Manifold, Chairman of the Club ...
It was the beginning of an exciting day, and some brought cameras for a permanent record of the occasion. Then through massed ranks of spectators, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother made her way to the Royal Box. She was to share with forty-four-thousand racegoers a typical Australian afternoon at Flemington.
Later in the day, Her Majesty was to have her first win when the champion two-year-old Misting, owned by Sir Chester Manifold's wife and daughter, won the Sire's Produce Stakes.
The Queen Mother looked cool and relaxed in a white lace ensemble ... blue and white osprey feathers trimmed her shady hat ... her only jewellery - a pearl necklace and a sapphire and diamond brooch ... and all eyes were turned towards the Royal enclosure as Her Majesty entered the Royal Box, specially decorated for the occasion in pale blue and grey.
Her Majesty was thrilled by the great race.
Accompanied by Sir Chester Manifold, the Queen Mother made her way down to the mounting enclosure. The presentation ceremony had been delayed for twenty minutes by a protest on behalf of Prince Darius, but the protest was dismissed.
Sailor's Guide and jockey, Bill Williamson, also bound for the mounting enclosure.
Now, there were Royal congratulations for the co-owner of Sailor's Guide, Mr. Keith Dibbs.
The Gold Cup, and after a chat with jockey Williamson and the owners, the time came for it to be presented to the owners of Sailor's Guide, Mr. Albert Dibbs, and his son Keith.
A Royal day at Flemington.