Church of England supremo enters six horses at Ascot

By Jonathan Bartley
June 16, 2009

I see that the Queen is entering a record six horses at Ascot this year.

I was doing a charity gig with my band ( - a little sideline) the other day at Goodwood, when I saw an enclosure dedicated to her. And it struck me how bizarre it was that the Supreme Governor of the Church of England - the axis around which the constitutional relationship of Church and State revolves - is so involved in an industry based around gambling. I think most in the Church would probably accept it isn't a particularly Christian virtue. (Instead of justice and community, the gambling ethos is that the winner takes all and the rest go to the wall).

According to the Telegraph: “A flurry of bets from staff at Buckingham Palace has gone on the Queen's horse Four Winds in the Hampton Court Stakes on Thursday”.

Aparently the bookmakers are taking bets not just on the horses from the Royal Studs but also on the colour of the Queen's hat for Ladies' Day, with yellow the favourite at 4/1.

I think I'll suggest to the Archbishop of Canterbury's press office that they send her a congratulatory message if any of her horses come in. I should think its a good bet too given that local churches have historically joined in prayer every Sunday morning for both her victory and prosperity.

NB The actual prayer says: "...grant her in health and wealth long to live; strengthen her that she may vanquish and overcome all her enemies..." - Book of Common Prayer

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