Epsom Derby 2019: Could Queen’s horse Sextant win at Epsom – tipsters back royal | Racing | Sport
The Epsom Derby is a two-day horse racing event held at Epsom Downs Racecourse in Epsom, Surrey across two days. The first is Friday, May 31 for Ladies Day and the second Saturday, June 1. Horses are one of the Queen’s passions, but could her horse Sextant win at Epsom?
From an early age, the Queen has had a fascination with horses and spends a large portion of her leisure time with them.
Her particular focus is on thoroughbreds for horse racing and breeding.
Queen Elizabeth II hosts the Royal Windsor Horse Show every year in Windsor Park, part of the royal estate in Berkshire.
However, the Queen has never won at the Epsom Derby, but could this year change that?
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The Queen’s horse Sextant has been trained by Sir Michael Stoute and is a four-year-old gelding.
A sextant is an instrument used for measuring the angular distances between objects and especially for taking altitudes in navigation and surveying.
Sextant will participate in The Investec Out of the Ordinary Handicap States, which is the sixth race of the day.
This race is one mile and four furlongs long and will take place at 5.15pm after the Investec Derby.
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Matthew Newman, myracing.com’s racing expert believes the Queen could be in luck with her horse this year.
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.
“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.”
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