Spectacular sight at Epsom as Queen’s jockeys form guard of honour

Forty of the Queen’s jockeys past and present lined up in a spectacular guard of honour for the royal party ahead of racing on Derby Day at Epsom.

The greats of the saddle, dressed in the famous purple and gold silks, lined up on the steps overlooking the hat-box winner’s enclosure before heading on to the track to greet the Princess Royal and other members of the entourage.

Frankie Dettori said he was “honoured” to be among the riders, who also included current stars Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand, and Derby-winning riders Kieren Fallon, Johnny Murtagh and Martin Dwyer, along with champion jump jockeys Barry Geraghty and Sir Anthony McCoy.

Willie Carson and Frankie Dettori in the Queen's colours
Willie Carson and Frankie Dettori in the Queen’s colours (Andrew Matthews/PA)

Dettori said: “I felt like I did as an apprentice 30 years ago! What a nice touch that was.

“It was a lovely spectacle and it is one picture I will definitely get on my wall, that was unique where we were all stood on the steps.”

Steve Cauthen, who won the Derby three times and was a regular in Her Majesty’s silks in the 1980s, flew in from Kentucky to be part of the parade.

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He said: “It was an honour to be invited over here for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

“I’m was looking forward to this ever since I received the invite. It is such a thrill to be here with all these great jockeys. It was always an honour to ride for Her Majesty The Queen and to celebrate her in this way is wonderful.

“It is a pity she can’t be here, but I’m sure she is watching on TV and we all send her our very best wishes. It was always an honour to put on these silks and it still is.”

Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand
Hollie Doyle and Tom Marquand (John Walton/PA)

Willie Carson won a Classic for the Queen in her Silver Jubilee year and still maintains it was one of the biggest highlights in his glittering career.

Carson said: “It is such an honour to be dressed up like this, like I used to do many years ago.

“And to have 40-odd jockeys dressed in her colours was a great sight to behold.

“Most jockeys are very happy to be donning those colours today. They all feel very proud to be part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

“The highlight for me is easy. It was riding Dunfermline in the Oaks in 1977, in the Silver Jubilee year – and we won. It was a fairytale coming true.

“Unfortunately she can’t be here today. She is a very elderly lady and she has been doing a lot of things recently for the Platinum Jubilee, but I can assure you she will definitely be here in spirit.”

Nicky Henderson was at Epsom but sent out a winner at Worcester for the Queen
Nicky Henderson was at Epsom but sent out a winner at Worcester for the Queen (Tim Goode/PA)

Her Majesty was without a runner at Epsom, with one-time Derby hope Reach For The Moon ruled out of the Classic some weeks ago, but the royal silks were carried to victory by Steal A March at Worcester.

Trained by Nicky Henderson, who was at Epsom, the 7-2 chance dug deep for jockey Nico de Boinville to hold off the challenge of Shantou Express in the Anyone Here From Bromsgrove? Handicap Hurdle – eliciting a warm cheer and applause from the Worcester crowd.

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