Zara Phillips branded Mike Tindall 'idiot' when he bought 12k horse at auction
Zara Phillips labelled her husband Mike Tindall an "idiot" when he splashed out 12,000 pounds at an auction on a racehorse he knew absolutely nothing about, it has been revealed.
However, the Queen's granddaughter has been forced to eat her words after Monbeg Dude emerged victorious at the Welsh Grand National and his value raced to the 200,000-pound mark.
"I like to bid at auctions without meaning to actually win things. I only went for a bite to eat and a night out. No horse had gone for less than 28,000 pounds so I thought my first bid of 10,000 pounds was pretty safe, likewise when I upped it to 12,000 pounds," the Daily Mail quoted Tindall as saying.
"I knew nothing about the horse, hadn't checked the brochure and couldn't even see the Dude, as I was sitting with my back to the sale ring," he said.
Fortunately for Tindall, Michael Scudamore - son of champion jockey Peter - and fellow rugby players James Simpson-Daniel and Nicky Robinson agreed to share the burden of the cost.