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The Queen’s former horses to parade at Epsom

Barbers Shop will lead several of the Queen’s former racehorses in a parade at Epsom on Cazoo Derby Day as part of a tribute to Her Majesty’s contribution to the racing and breeding industry.

The June 4 highlight is part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations, with the Queen planning to attend the fixture, where she will be greeted by 40 jockeys who have ridden for her all dressed in her famous silks.

Some of her equine stars will also be on hand with Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) and the Jockey Club, which runs Epsom, arranging for five of the monarch’s retired thoroughbreds to be present on the day.

Barbers Shop in racing action
Barbers Shop in racing action (David Jones/PA)

The 20-year-old Barbers Shop, an eight-times winner in the National Hunt sphere, was actually bred by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother but raced in the Queen’s colours and was placed in both the King George VI Chase and Hennessy Gold Cup when trained by Nicky Henderson.

Retired in 2012, he is now in the care of Katie Jerram-Hunnable and starred in showing classes, being crowned champion at Hickstead and three times a winner and champion at Royal Windsor Horse Show. He is now retired from competitive showing but regularly participates in RoR parades.

Jerram-Hunnable also has First Receiver, who was last seen on the track at Royal Ascot in 2020 when finishing second in the Group Three Hampton Court Stakes. The five-year-old has been shown in-hand to gain competitive experience and recently competed at the Royal Windsor Horse Show when ridden by Jerram-Hunnable.

First Receiver running at Kempton during his racing days
First Receiver running at Kempton during his racing days (Hugh Routledge/PA)

The former Richard Hannon-trained Quadrille was beaten just a short-head in the 2010 Hampton Court and he is another on display having found a successful new career on the dressage circuit for Louise Robson, who runs ‘Thoroughbred Dressage’ from her Buckinghamshire base.

Robson’s team also includes the 12-year-old Prince’s Trust and Forth Bridge, who ran on the Flat, over hurdles and over fences and is now looking ahead to a career in dressage.

Di Arbuthnot, chief executive of RoR said: “It is an honour for RoR and the riders taking part in the parade to be involved on what we hope will be a memorable day for Her Majesty.

“I have seen at first hand the pleasure the Queen gets from seeing her former racehorses excel in a different discipline and the role her horses have played in helping promote the work of Retraining of Racehorses is immeasurable.”

Royal riders to welcome the Queen as Epsom reveals Derby day plans

A guard of honour comprised of retired and current royal riders will greet the Queen when she arrives at Epsom on Derby day.

Her Majesty celebrates her Platinum Jubilee this year and the Cazoo-backed Classic on June 4 is part of the official celebrations on an extended Bank Holiday weekend.

As well as The Queen’s Stand being permanently renamed The Queen Elizabeth II Stand, the Jockey Club is lining up a welcoming party of jockeys who have ridden for Her Majesty during their careers.

Dunfermline won the 1977 Oaks
Dunfermline won the 1977 Oaks (PA)

Willie Carson, who rode Dunfermline to win the Oaks for the Queen in 1977, will be among those donning the royal silks, along with John Reid, Frankie Dettori, Ryan Moore and Hayley Turner.

Dunfermline’s Classic success came in the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and Carson said: “When you put The Queen’s colours on, especially at Epsom, a jockey would grow six inches.

“It makes you feel important when you put those colours on. The Queen is the most famous woman in the whole wide world, so you’re privileged.

“She’s the patron of racing. Without her we would be a little bit lost, because her patronage is a very valuable thing.

“It’s not just the horseracing she enjoys, she enjoys the breeding side of it. She likes to know from trainers how the horse is behaving and its attitude, its temperament. She wants to know those things. That’s what she’s really interested in.

“The winning post is the end result and she enjoys that, of course, but she enjoys everything before you get to the winning post. That gives her the most pleasure.”

Reid, who enjoyed Derby success with Dr Devious in 1992, first rode for the Queen while still an apprentice jockey and wore the famous silks on many occasions.

Speaking about lining up in the guard of honour, he said: “It’ll be pretty special. It’s something I’m looking forward to.

“I always come to the Derby anyway, but it’s going to be a very special occasion this year. I think there will be a big turnout from that point of view, a lot of people are going to want to be here.

“I’m expecting a big turnout and I’m sure it will happen.”

Pour Moi (centre) scuppered Carlton House's Derby bid
Pour Moi (centre) scuppered Carlton House’s Derby bid (Steve Parsons/PA)

The Derby remains the only British Classic the Queen has yet to win, having finished second with Aureole in 1953 just four days after her Coronation and third in 2011 with Carlton House

Her Majesty currently has three horses entered in this year’s race in Educator, General Idea and Reach For The Moon.

The permanent renaming of the The Queen’s Stand will take place on June 2, the day before the Derby meeting kicks off, with the June 3 card highlighted by the Cazoo Oaks.

Officials are anticipating a capacity crowd of more than 35,000 people in the ticketed enclosures at the track, with many more expected to take their place in the free enclosures on what is known locally as The Hill.

Epsom is anticipating a capacity crowd
Epsom is anticipating a capacity crowd (Simon Cooper/PA)

Phil White, London regional director at the Jockey Club, said: “We are absolutely delighted that this year’s Cazoo Derby will be a part of the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations and excited and proud to be able to take the opportunity to thank Her Majesty The Queen for her enormous contribution to horseracing over many, many years.

“We know that the Queen intends to be with us on the day and to mark her arrival at the racecourse we will form a guard of honour of around 40 retired and current jockeys all dressed in Her Majesty’s silks. We’re also inviting members of the local community and some local charities to support the guard of honour as flag bearers.

“Derby Day always has that spectacular carnival atmosphere and we’re looking forward to a display from the Red Devils and a military band’s performance of the National Anthem which will all add to a wonderful occasion.”

Other plans to mark the occasion include the unveiling of 15 special hats created by milliners in association with the British Hat Guild, which will be auctioned in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

Epsom is also planning a Jubilee Family Festival, which will feature a main stage on The Hill and activities for various ages to enjoy.

White explained: “We have more than 35,000 tickets in our paid enclosures on the racecourse side, but then there will be tens of thousands more on The Hill, and it’s free to walk on there, so we’re expecting a big crowd. It really is what makes the event unique – the atmosphere, the energy and the people out there are all amazing.”