The Queen, dressed this year in blue, displayed her usual enthusiasm for this year’s Derby Day, where she expertly discussed form with her racing manager John Warren. She made her regular visit to the Parade Ring immediately prior to The Investec Derby, as runners and riders prepared for the prestigious race. Her Majesty inspected the contenders, and discussed the forthcoming race with their owners and jockeys.
The Queen was met on her arrival by Epsom Racecourse Chairman Julia Budd, as she descended from her carriage after her traditional journey along the Course. She then unveiled a life-size bronze statue of legendary nine-time Derby winning jockey Lester Piggott. Nine bronze statues are to be unveiled at different racecourses throughout the country, in honour of Lester Piggott. The brainchild of Neil Morrice, Geoffrey Hughes and Brough Scott came to fruition, thanks to the generous support of David and Christopher St George. The Queen was at Epsom to watch all nine of Lester Piggott's Derby victories.
This year's Investec Derby was won by Ballydoyle, owned by Anthony Van Dyck, ridden by Seamus Heffernan and trained by Aiden O'Brien.