‘The crowd will cheer him home’ – King Charles III has first runner on Thursday 👑

Who knew that such a historic event would be taking place at a run of the mill meeting at Salisbury on a Thursday. We will see the first royal runner under the tenure of his majesty King Charles III. The Queen was racing’s most famous supporter so it’s promising that the King will be looking to continue the royal association with our sport. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.

4.54 Salisbury

Educator (1-1, William Hill) is the market leader at time of writing and it’s easy to see why. William Haggas’ colt has shown plenty of promise in his fledgling career. A son of Deep Impact, he has had just four career-starts so far, winning two of them.

It was a no-show on debut at Newbury when finishing 12th of 14. However, he improved significantly and was narrowly denied at Goodwood next time. Another step forward was taken at Haydock on his third start where he got off the mark, beating three subsequent winners.

We haven’t seen him since April but he was victorious on seasonal debut at Newmarket. That victory came off a 5lb lower mark but there should be plenty of improvement to come. It was his first start of the season so it’s likely that he’ll be physically sharper now despite the long lay-off.

You could hardly ask for a better jockey as Tom Marquand takes the ride and the horse will be given every chance. The main danger is Harry and Roger Charlton’s Okeechobee who has a similarly unexposed profile. That rival has won his last two but the crowd will surely be cheering the royal runner home.

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