Tuesday 23 January 2018

Prince gets his spurs into a horse called Henry

NOW he's sucking diesel.

The mischievous Duke of Edinburgh was in full form and up to his old tricks yesterday when he played havoc with a rocking horse called Henry.

Trainee jockey Sophie Ralston (18) from Craughwell, Co Galway, was giving a decorous demonstration at the Irish National Stud on board the racing simulator for the royal visitors and was going at a respectable trot when the prince's natural curiosity kicked in.

"Can it gallop flat out?" he wondered. Yes, it did, he was told. But that wasn't enough for the hands-on prince and he wanted to see some real action.

Instructor Barry Walsh duly turned up the dial on old Henry and sent Sophie galloping for her life. Luckily, there's nothing a jockey likes more than a good chase and she took it all in her stride.

"It really made everyone laugh," she said, adding that she can now say she has ridden for the queen.

Irish Independent

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