The Queen unveils a statue of legendary former jockey Lester Piggott

Regal in blue! The Queen unveils a statue of legendary former jockey Lester Piggott as she joins racegoers for the Epsom Derby

  • Her Majesty the Queen unveiled a statue of the legendary former jockey Lester Piggott – who retired in 1995
  • She joined punters at the 240th Epsom Derby today wearing a bright cerulean blue coat and matching hat
  • The Queen’s horse Sexton will be racing in the sixth race of the day at 5.15pm – after the Investec Derby  

The Queen joined eager punters at the second day of the Epsom Derby ready to cheer on her horse Sexton, who will be racing at 5.15pm, in a bright cerulean blue coat with a matching hat.  

A keen horse lover, the Queen never misses either Royal Ascot or the Epsom Derby, and will be watching her racehorse Sexton take part in the Investec Out of the Ordinary Handicap States – the sixth race of the day.

Her Majesty began her day at the races by unveiling a statue of the legendary former jockey Lester Piggott. 

She arrived at today’s event wearing a blue coat over a yellow dress with blue flowers – despite the fact temperatures are expected to reach up to 84F.

Sexton made his debut appearance with a win at Ascot in May and the Queen will be hoping for another today.

The Queen’s horses have never previously won at the Epsom Derby.  

Mr Newman told the Daily Mail: ‘This year she has a real chance. Sextant was an impressive winner on his debut at Ascot in May and with only four career starts, he should do better still at Epsom.

‘The Queen has Sir Michael Stoute as trainer, he has had five Epsom wins to his name, so she a good chance.

‘It will be a pretty warm order given his progressive profile and I expect it to go off as a 2/1 favourite.’ 

Her Majesty has won 534 races from 3,205 runs over time as racehorse owner and it is thought she has made £7.7million from her hobby over the last 31 years. 

Mr Newman added: ‘She does it for fun, 100 percent. There has long been a royal connection with racing that I suspect the Queen enjoys continuing.

‘Her genuine love of the horses is not in question — one look at her face when her horse begins a run or gets to challenge will tell you all you need to know.

‘She turns up come rain or shine at both the Epsom Derby meeting and Royal Ascot and was said to be riding at the age of 6 before inheriting horses when her father (King George VI) passed away in 1952.’

A keen horse lover, the Queen never misses either Royal Ascot or the Epsom Derby, and will be watching her racehorse Sexton take part in the Investec Out of the Ordinary Handicap States – the sixth race of the day

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Her Majesty began her day at the races by unveiling a statue of the legendary former jockey Lester Piggott. He retired in 1995 with 4,493 career wins.

Her Majesty has won 534 races from 3,205 runs over time as racehorse owner and it is thought she has made £7.7million from her hobby over the last 31 years. Pictured, the Queen is greeted as she arrives

She arrived at today’s event wearing a blue coat over a yellow dress with blue flowers – despite the fact temperatures are expected to reach up to 84F

Sexton made his debut appearance with a win at Ascot in May and the Queen will be hoping for another today. The Queen’s horses have never previously won at the Epsom Derby

Piggott started racing horses from his father’s stable when he was ten years old and won his first race in 1948, aged 12 years, on a horse called ‘The Chase’ at Haydock Park. Piggott is known for his quiet demeanour. He describes his mother as wisely downplaying his success, while his father rarely gave advice unless there had been a particular mistake

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