Misery for the Queen as her star horse is out of the question at the Platinum Jubilee Derby

Third favorite for the Classic at Epsom, Reach For The Moon had a strong chance of giving Her Majesty her first Derby winner as owner but was disqualified from racing on June 4th

Frankie Dettori won at Sandown on Saturday on Reach For The Moon, the Queen's horse
Frankie Dettori on the horse of Queen Reach For The Moon who was disqualified from the Derby

The Queen’s star colt, Reach For The Moon, was disqualified from the Platinum Jubilee Derby on June 4th.

Her Majesty was hoping that the horse, third in betting, could claim glorious success at the famous Classic at Epsom – a race she has never won as the owner. But Reach For The Moon trainer John Gosden has ruled him out, saying the race will come too soon for the three-year-old.

Gosden said he no longer had time to get Sea The Stars’ son fit again after suffering an injury last fall. A royal victory in the derby would have been a highlight of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne, with the classic taking place over the extended four-day bank holiday.

Gosden told the Racing Post: “After a setback last fall, Reach For The Moon has been given all the time and care he needs in his training regimen. We had planned to run him in the Dante Stakes in York next week. However, in the horse’s best interest, we decided that this race came too soon for him. Consequently, he will not step up and be aimed at him in the derby Royal Ascot.”

On Sunday, John Warren, the Queen’s race director, had said they had been “chasing their tails” to get the horse fit. Reach For The Moon, who won two of his five races as a two-year-old, was last seen finishing second to Bayside Boy in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last September.

He was then found to have sustained an injury which disqualified him from the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket. The Queen has two other entries in the derby but both are underdogs – Educator (40-1) and the Maid General Idea (66-1), both coached by William Haggas.

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