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The Queen’s racehorse Carlton House is to go into training in Australia.

Carlton House will become the first horse owned by The Queen to be trained in the country. The four-year-old will be transferred to the New South Wales yard of one of Australian racing’s most famous handlers, Gai Waterhouse.

His final race for his current trainer, Newmarket-based Sir Michael Stoute, will be the Hong Kong Cup this Sunday (9 December).

Carlton House, who was third in the 2011 Derby, won the Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Sandown in May and finished second in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.

“Carlton House looks the perfect candidate to race in Australia where there are a considerable number of options for an older horse,” said The Queen’s racing manager John Warren.

“The Queen is very enthusiastic about the prospect of having her first runner in Australia.

“We will let Carlton House settle in and acclimatise before a race programme is decided. It is an exciting plan and a wonderful opportunity for Her Majesty to have a horse that can participate in Australia where racing is top class.”