Queen's horse declared for Derby

02/06/2011

Horse racing fans who will be Epsom Derby hospitality guests may be interested to hear that a horse owned by the Queen has been officially declared for the event on Saturday (June 4th).

Carlton House, which is one of the favourites for the mile and a half race, had been a doubt after a slight injury concern was identified earlier this week, but the colt has been declared for the race alongside 12 other runners.

He was taken for a canter in training today and his final participation will be confirmed if he passes a veterinary exam later.

The horse, which is trained by Sir Michael Stoute, was tipped for the Derby following his win in the Dante Stakes in May.

If he is successful, he will become the first equine owned by a reigning monarch to win the season's flagship flat race since King Edward VII's Minoru won in 1909, the BBC stated.

Meanwhile, it was also confirmed today that next year's Derby will play host to the start of celebrations for Queen Elizabeth's diamond jubilee, the first event of four days of festivities to mark the monarch's 60th year on the throne.

Posted by Liz Johnstone
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