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Saturday, 29 April, 2000, 17:44 GMT 18:44 UK
Queen Mother is safe bet
Queen Mother
The Queen Mother presented the Cup
A hotel landlord has won a 20,000 bet that the Queen Mother would present a race winner's trophy at Sandown Park racecourse.

David Whitbread, owner of the Keyberry Hotel in Newton Abbot, Devon, placed a 200 bet in 1992 at odds of 250-1 that the Queen Mother would still be presenting the Whitbread Gold Cup when she was 100.


David Whitbread
David Whitbread went to Sandown to see for himself
Although the Queen Mother will not be 100 until 4 August, the bet was changed to cover her 100th year and the bookmaker, a friend of Mr Whitbread's, agreed to honour it up to 20,000.

On Saturday the Queen Mother completed her traditional duty, presenting the Cup to jockey Carl Llewellyn, who rode 6-1 joint favourite Beau to victory.

She looked in good health, wearing a powder blue coat, hat and veil as she also gave trophies to the horse's owner and trainer.

The race course is one of her favourite venues.


Carl Llewellyn and Beau
Carl Llewellyn rides to victory
She returned to public appearances at the Surrey course in 1998 after undergoing a hip-replacement operation and was rewarded by seeing one of her horses win.

An employee at the Keyberry Hotel said Mr Whitbread had travelled to Sandown in expectation of his win but "wanted to keep a low profile".

"The boss didn't tell us anything about the bet he had on - the first we knew was when people started calling us about it," he said.

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