King Charles is set to sell 12 of the Queen's top racehorses as part of his plans to slim down his late mother's racing operation.

The new monarch has put them up for auction at Newmarket's Tattersalls house, as he prepares to wave goodbye to some of her most prized animals.

Just Fine, who was named the first horse to win for Charles in September, is among the gifted horses in the treasured line-up.

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Love Affairs, the last horse who secured a win for Her Majesty, is also up for offer, it has been revealed.

The Queen had 37 racehorses at the time of her death, a number that is now likely to be reduced to 25 under her son King Charles, according to the Mail Online.

A source told the Mail that "winding down" the breeding operation over three years, until it ceases to be a commercial operation, is an option.

The source who is close to the stud at Sandringham said: "The Royal stud could be a museum in three years. It would be a real shame.

"The connection between the family and the horse racing industry will continue.

"The desire is to continue with the traditions and connections with Royal Ascot but not on the same scale as Her Majesty because she had a passion."

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Some sales have already take place as part of the natural process of trading horses at a stud.

It is thought that the late sovereign made around £10 million in prize money over her lifespan, despite her operation starting with just two trainers and 20 horses in the 1950s.

But the Queen's racehorses aren't the only winning animal's King Charles has inherited, as it was announced that he is now the owner of a bull.

Balmoral’s Gusgurlach, aged 3, has bagged the top prize at the Royal Highland Show two years in a row.

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