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The name of King’s Lynn is famous for many reasons, but a new one may now be emerging from the equine world.

That’s because the latest King’s Lynn is a two-year-old racehorse who made his debut at Windsor on Saturday.

Owned and bred by The Queen, he was only beaten into second place by a short head in the MPM Flooring Novice Stakes, at a starting price of 9/1.

The Queen, seen here in conversation with top jockey Ryan Moore and leading trainer Sir Michael Stoute, is well known for her passion for racing
The Queen, seen here in conversation with top jockey Ryan Moore and leading trainer Sir Michael Stoute, is well known for her passion for racing

And the colt, who is in the care of leading trainer Andrew Balding at his yard in Berkshire, could be back on course very soon as he has an entry in a £300,000 race at next month’s St Leger Festival at Doncaster.

But, despite his fledgling career, it’s not the first time the name has been given to a racehorse.

The name of King’s Lynn was previously borne by an Australian mare, foaled in 2004 and whose sire was King’s Best, most famous for winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2000.

She only ran once, as a two-year-old, at Randwick in 2007, finishing fifth.

An American horse also carried the name Kings Lynn in the 1990s.



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