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Queen's hope to win Derby goes on as Carlton House comes third

The Queen's hope of winning the Epsom Derby after almost 60 years were dashed after her horse came third.

Carlton House started out as favourite but was pipped to the post by Pour Moi.

An avid racing fan, the Queen has entered the race nine times since 1953 - but never placed higher than second.

Her mount was cheered on by family including Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and her granddaughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

The Queen has been attending the Epsom Derby for eight decades and her best result came in Coronation year, 1953, when Aureole came second.

But her entry this year was expected to do well after Carlton House won the Dante Stakes at York in May.

Image caption Prince William had earlier rehearsed for the Trooping of the Colour on Saturday

Bookmakers across the country will be relieved by the result, as public backing for the Queen's horse would have meant a £20m pay-out had it won.

"It wasn't exactly a satchel-burster but we've no complaints. Carlton House would have seen the bookies shelling out tens of millions," said David Williams of Ladbrokes.

"We've been fans of Pour Moi ever since his victory in the Prix Greffulhe and were keen to keep him onside. We're leaving the Epsom Downs with our noses in front," he added following the 4/1 winning ride from the French horse.

The Queen was also joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Andrew and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

The newly-wed Duchess of Cambridge was joined at the track by Prince William, who come from Horse Guards Parade and a rehearsal for the Trooping of the Colour.

Earlier, the Court of Appeal granted an injunction stopping former champion jockey Kieren Fallon riding one of the other fancied rides, Recital.

The owners of another horse, Native Khan, had said Fallon had broken a promise to ride their horse but Fallon said it had been an "innocent misunderstanding".

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