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Mike Tindall's incredible horse racing gamble that made the news

Zara Tindall is a champion equestrian and her husband enjoys the sport, too

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Diane Shipley
Senior Online Writer
15 March 2023
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As well as being a medal-winning Olympic equestrian, Zara Tindall is a fan of horse racing, like many other members of the royal family.

Her husband, former rugby star Mike, also enjoys a day at the races – although it doesn't always go his way.

In fact, the dad-of-three invested in one particular horse on a whim, not knowing how things would turn out. 

See the couple's teasing relationship in the video below…

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Back in 2014, Mike hit the headlines after investing a whopping £12,000 in a share in a horse called Monbeg Dude. Despite being a 40/1 outsider, the horse finished in third position in the Grand National that year, earning the couple £105,000.

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A clearly excited Mike tweeted at the time: "Holy [expletive] I'm lost for words and emotions. All I can say is yes the dude!!!!!"

The victory was even more exciting because buying a share wasn't planned. "We were only there by chance," Mike told the Guardian.

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The couple enjoys horse racing 

"We wanted to be involved and have a bid on a horse, but not to come away with one. All these things fell into line. We're under no illusions how lucky we are.

"People have invested a lot of money to try to get contenders into this race, they've spent massive amounts of money, so it's good from the story side of it that you can have a 12 grand purchase and the last lot of the night that no one really wanted."

While he loves the gee-gees now, the star didn't grow up going to horse races, although he always enjoyed the Grand National, as he admitted in the interview.

zara mike tindall wedding© Photo: Getty Images

Zara and Mike tied the knot in 2011

He said: "Growing up, I never really went to any races or anything to do with horses very much but you knew that come April every year you always had a sweepstake at home, and you always had a bet whatever age you were.

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"You'd pick a horse and it's one of those memories that do stand out, because you know that you've watched every single Grand National really."

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