Record-breaking Derby predicted as Queen prepares for Epsom glory

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Her Majesty The Queen’s horse Carlton House is the 6/4 clear favourite for the Derby with Ladbrokes.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt won the Dante Stakes at York to set up a potentially record-breaking race for the bookies at Epsom next month.

With Royal Wedding fever still fresh in the memory, Ladbrokes reckon the Queen’s horse will ensure the most highly anticipated Flat race in years.

David Williams of Ladbrokes said: “Carlton House’s position as Derby favourite could easily ensure we have a record-breaking Derby turnover.

“The public interest in this horse is about to go through the roof. The nation is sure to latch on to the royal theme and we’re braced for a multi-million pound frenzy as the build-up to Epsom intensifies.

“There’s every chance Carlton House could become one of the best backed public horse we’ve seen in a generation.”

The Queen hasn’t had a runner in The Derby since 1981 when her horse Church Parade finished fifth behind the legendary Shergar.

The Derby

1m 4f, Epsom, June

6/4 Carlton House,
7 Seville,
7 Recital,
10 Pour Moi,
12 Native Khan,
20 Sea Moon,
20 Markmanship,
20 Memphis Tennessee,
20 World Domination,
25 Picture Editor,
25 Roderic O’Connor,
25 Specific Gravity,
25 Casamento,
25 Ocean War,
33 bar (1/4 odds 1,2,3)

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.