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Australia romps home to victory at 235th Epsom Derby
The crowds gathered for a day of glorious horseracing and sunshine as the odds-on favourite romped home to victory at the 235th Epsom Derby.
The world’s greatest flat-race, held on Saturday, June 7, at Epsom Downs Racecourse was attended by the Queen and Prince Philip and celebrities such as singer Katherine Jenkins and model Jodie Kidd.
Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Lord Sebastian Coe, hat designer Philip Treacey, retired jockey Willie Carson, Clare Balding, author James Treadwell and Kenny Dalglish were also among the famous faces enjoying the day's races.
The morning showers cleared for a beautiful day on the Downs, with 120,000 racegoers attending the prestigious event.
The Investec Derby race was won by trainer Aidan O’Brien, with his jockey son Joseph O’Brien, 21, and his horse Australia, which was named by bookies as the 11-8 favourite to win. O’Brien became the first trainer in history to win the Derby for three years in a row.
Kidd presented the trophy, alongside England Cricketer Stuart Broad, to the winning connections of Australia.
She said: "Today has been amazing, especially the racing.
"To watch some of the best horses around compete in the Investec Derby was made all the better when my tip, Kingston Hill, came in a very respectable second."
It was the second trip to Epsom Downs Racecourse for model and presenter Laura Whitmore. She said: "The Investec Derby is always such a great day out – I was here last year and enjoyed it even more so today – I come for the fashion as much as I come for the racing and neither disappoint so I was in my element."
Celebrity Stylist, Brix Smith-Start added: "What a fabulous day. This is my second trip to the Investec Derby and I just love looking at all the British fashion on display. The racing was also incredible and to feel the excitement from the crowds ahead of the Derby is an experience I’ll never forget."
Surrey Police said that no major incidents marred the event, with only five arrests having been made by 7pm for assault and public order offences.
A spokesman said that a traffic plan was in place for the areas surrounding the racecourse and there were no significant road traffic collisions in or around the area throughout the day, although police towed two vehicles for parking unlawfully and causing a traffic obstruction.
Speaking on the day, Superintendent Sharon Bush said: "We have had another successful Derby Festival and the crowds have been treated to two very enjoyable days of racing.
"The Derby is a huge event and extensive planning goes on every year to ensure it runs smoothly.
“Even this morning's rain failed to dampen the spirits of race-goers and fortunately the sun came out in the afternoon to help ensure people visiting the racecourse had a great experience.
"I must commend the race organisers for their continued commitment to safety throughout the day and the thorough planning that goes into the Derby.
“I would also like to thank all Surrey Police officers and staff for their significant efforts not only today but also during the months of preparation prior to the event.”
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