- June 4, 2016
04th June 2016
THE QUEEN ARRIVES AT EPSOM
The Queen has arrived at Epsom Downs for Investec Derby Day.
Dressed in a cornflower blue coat with a blue and white hat, The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh. In the second car was the Duke of York, while Prince and Princess Michael of Kent arrived in the third car. Princess Alexandra occupied the fourth car.
The Queen was greeted on the racecourse by members of seven local choirs singing 'God Save The Queen' and accompanied by the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.
Led by Helen Wade of St Joseph's Choir, Epsom as conductor and vocal leader, the choir was composed of five members of each of the Heart & Soul Choir, Epsom Male Voice Choir, St Joseph's Choir, the Rock Choir, the Barisons Choir, the Epsom Chamber Choir and the Allsorts Choir. All the choirs are entered in a choir competition called Epsom in Harmony, which takes place next month.
Two races on Investec Derby honour The Queen's 90th birthday. The Group One Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Cup - renamed for 2016 in honour of Her Majesty - takes place at 3.10pm. The Queen herself won the race in 1954 with Aureole, two years after her own coronation. Prior to that, the Princess Elizabeth Stakes, usually staged on Investec Ladies' Day (Friday) at Epsom, will be run at 2.35pm.
For the first time, The Queen will present the Investec Derby trophy to victorious connections. Although she has not yet owned the winner of the Classic, her Carlton House finished third in the 2011 Investec Derby.
HARZAND DERBY PARTICIPATION IN DOUBT
The well-backed Harzand, who had been cut to 8/1 from 14/1 this morning by Coral, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, is rated as "60:40" to run in the Investec Derby by trainer Dermot Weld after the horse spread a plate in transit to Epsom Downs this morning.
The son of 2009 Investec Derby winner Sea The Stars is currently having his foot iced and connections will make a decision later this afternoon on whether the three-year-old will run in the Classic after he has been examined by the veterinary team at the racecourse.
Harzand was successful in the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown last time out for his owner, the Aga Khan.