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The Queen arrives at Epsom hoping for Derby glory

4 Jun 2011

The Queen, one of Flat racing's most enthusiastic patrons, has never owned the winner of the Investec Derby but is hoping that Carlton House will be victorious in the famous Royal colours.

Image courtesy of Racingfotos.com.

Looking radiant in pink, The Queen has arrived at Epsom to see if Carlton House, the colt that was given to her as a present by Sheikh Mohammed, can win the Investec Derby at 4pm this afternoon, live on BBC1. 

In glorious sunshine, huge crowds are now at the track for one of the biggest days in the world of Flat racing.  Most are hoping for a Royal victory.

Carlton House is reported to have overcome his problem with a swollen fetlock sustained during his daily exercise earlier in the week and is all set to run. 

Ryan Moore will be on board the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Investec Derby favourite who faces 12 rivals in the mile-and-a-half contest which is worth £1.25m in prize money.