The Queen buys Liz Hurley’s horse

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Equine insurance customers might be interested to know that a horse part-owned by Elizabeth Hurley has been purchased by the Queen for breeding purposes at the royal stud in Sandringham.

Memory, a three-year-old by Danehill Dancer, has reportedly been bought for £500,000. The filly was due to be sold at Tattersall's annual mares' sale last week but was withdrawn beforehand as she had been sold privately.

A lot was expected of the filly after a promising start to her racing career saw her winning the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot last year but three subsequent refusals to come out of the stalls have seen her retired.

"She flew out at home yesterday. It’s bizarre. She seems to know when it’s a proper raceday. She’s a brilliant filly but has her own mind," trainer Richard Hannon said after her last refusal.

The filly was owned by the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing syndicate, which counts Hurley and England world cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio as members.

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