Camilla buys horse that won race during royal visit
Published 10/06/2015 | 02:30
The Duchess of Cornwall has bought a horse that won a race during her royal visit to Ireland.
Owner Bernard Cloney says Mollyanna was flown to England last week after the deal was agreed.
The incredible transaction was set in motion last month just five minutes after the six-year-old won the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall Mares Maiden Hurdle at the Sligo Races.
The event was part of Prince Charles and Camilla's visit and came just a couple of hours after the prince's emotional visit to Mullaghmore, the village where his great-uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed by the IRA in 1979.
"I was approached by one of Camilla's staff and was asked if Mollyanna was for sale. I said she wasn't for sale and I hadn't planned to sell her but he took my number," said Bernard.
Mollyanna is now among Camilla's horses in the stables of Jamie Snowden in Lambourn. The price paid, however, is being kept a closely guarded secret.
"We were very happy with the outcome," said Bernard. "Let us just say I was glad to take the Queen's shillings on this occasion."
A St James's Palace spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the duchess is now part-owner of Mollyanna."
Katherine Foley, manager of Sligo Races, said the purchase had lifted everyone at the track. "We just found out about it and we're delighted," she said.