The Queen’s three horses have been removed from the Epsom Derby which renders Her Majesty’s position redundant from the race.

With the Platinum Jubilee set to be held in June, the removal of the Queen’s horses causes a setback for the monarch.

Queen Elizabeth has yet to win the Epsom Derby – with the closest she’s ever come to win as a horse owner was in 1953 when she came second.

Her horse Reach for the Moon had 7-1 odds on winning the race but was pulled out due to not being fit enough following an injury.

“In the best interests of the horse, we have decided that this race is coming too soon for him,” trainer John Gosden told the Racing Post.

“Consequently, he will not run in the Derby and will be pointed towards Royal Ascot.”

Her two other horses Educator and General Idea were also removed.

The Queen might attend Trooping the Colour on Thursday June 2 and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday June 3.

Platinum Jubilee will be a four bank holiday for the UK from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June.

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