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Friday, 13 March, 1998, 18:05 GMT
Day at the races for Queen Mum
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The Queen Mother saw one of her horses win
The Queen Mother has marked her return to public life by visiting the races.

In her first public outing since her hip-replacement operation in January, the 97 year-old great-grandmother spent the day at Sandown Park in Surrey to watch two of her horses run.

She walked unaided from her car and went up and down stairs without too much difficulty. She visited the paddock and the winners' enclosure to present the trophy for the day's big race, the Grand Military Cup.

Queen Mum
The Queen Mother was reported to be in good spirits
The Queen Mother was also rewarded by seeing one of her horses, Braes of Mar, win the 4.15 race. Her other horse finished fifth in the 2.00.

Sue Ellen, managing director of United Race Courses, which runs Sandown, said the Queen Mother was in good spirits.

"Everyone was amazed by her physical ability and agility," she said.

However, Ms Ellen would not comment on whether the royal visitor had placed any bets.

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