TOP horse trainer Jamie Snowden is praying Reach For The Moon can be a tonic for the King and Queen — just 24 hours after His Majesty began treatment for cancer.
The Royal runner — a one-time Derby contender — makes his debut over hurdles in Sedgefield’s 2.10.
PASnowden hopes his horse can bring some good news to the Royal family after Charles’ cancer diagnosis[/caption]
And Lambourn trainer Snowden says he has been in conversation with Queen Camilla in the run-up to the race.
Snowden, a former captain in the King’s Royal Hussars, said: “The Royal Family did not receive the best news on Monday, but I’ve been in touch with the Queen about Reach For The Moon.
“Hopefully with a clear round of jumping he should run nicely and give all the Royal Family a boost in what has been a difficult time for them.”
The monarch took a helicopter to Sandringham after meeting Harry, who landed at Heathrow a few hours earlier.
Reach For The Moon, who will be ridden by Snowden’s stable jockey Gavin Sheehan, was last seen finishing down the field in the Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot on his final start for John Gosden.
Snowden says the five-year-old, who won the Group 3 Solario Stakes as a two-year-old, has been schooling well at home and is ready to roll.
Snowden, 44, said: “He was a very talented Flat horse, and he has taken well to jumping.
“He had a bit of a jumping lesson after his Flat career then he went back to Sandringham before coming back to us in November.
“He has a lovely attitude to life and he has not missed a beat since. His work has been good, as has his jumping. The race at Sedgefield is a good starting point for him.”
If Reach For The Moon wins at Sedgefield then a trip to next month’s Cheltenham Festival will be on the cards in the Supreme.
Snowden said: “First things first it would be lovely for him to win for the King and Queen.
“Then we will see about the Festival.”