16-1 outsider Masar wins the Epsom Derby in massive upset in front of the Queen, Liz Hurley and Helen Mirren and thousands of racegoers in glorious sunshine - Techishaky

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

16-1 outsider Masar wins the Epsom Derby in massive upset in front of the Queen, Liz Hurley and Helen Mirren and thousands of racegoers in glorious sunshine

Thousands of revellers have descended on Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey for the UK's biggest flat race
Among the well-dressed revellers were The Queen, Dame Helen Mirren, Liz Hurley and Millie Mackintosh 
The race is the 'richest' in Britain, with winning horse Masar, ridden by Norweigan William Buick and owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, taking home £1.5million 

The Queen joined thousands of shocked racegoers Epsom Downs Racecourse today as they saw 16/1 outsider Masar win the Derby. 

The race is the 'richest' in Britain, with winning horse Masar, ridden by Norweigan William Buick, taking home £1.5million. 

Masar is owned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai - the first ever Derby win for his stable Godolphin.

The bookmaker's 4/5 favourite Saxon Warrior came in fourth, meaning betting shops avoided losing millions.

Britain's biggest flat race today was a star-studded affair with celebrities such as Hollywood legend Dame Helen Mirren, Liz Hurley, singer Frankie Bridge and reality TV stars Millie Mackintosh and Hugo Taylor mingling with well-dressed horseracing fans and Royalty.

Gentleman turned up in suits and top hats while ladies wore colourful dresses, fascinators and high heels as they totter around the Surrey site.    

More than 150,000 revellers basked in the 75F (24C) heat this weekend, that saw even the Queen take the very unusual step of removing her coat in public. 


The Queen watches the races with John Warren, who manages Her Majesty's horses, at the Epsom Derby this afternoon 
Masar Godolphin ridden by William Buick won the race. The 16/1 outside beat out Dee Ex Bee at 20-1 who came second, and Roaring Lion who came third at 6/1
William Buick is pictured celebrating after his horse Masar came out of nowhere to win the Epsom Derby after odds of 16/1 
 Spectacular weather: The race is the 'richest' in Britain, offering a prize money of £1.5million to the winning horse
 Racegoers drank champagne on the second day of the Epsom Derby Festival in Surrey as they prepared for the big race 
Dame Helen Mirren watches from high up as 16/1 outsider Masar Godolphin wins the Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse
 Crowds in the Lonsdale Enclosure get ready for the day's racing as temperatures start to soar in Epsom, Surrey 
 Bottoms up! Saturday's star Frankie Bridge drinks champagne as Liz Hurley enjoys a laugh in an enclosure at the races
 Her Majesty wore a lilac coat and matching hat, topped
 with a broach and floral arrangement as she attended the races
Revellers try to get a peak and a picture of Her Majesty as she arrives at the races in a maroon Bentley 
The Queen looks on in a flowery dress from a balcony at the Epsom races on Derby day. She was accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy
John Warren and The Queen share a laugh at Derby day at Epsom races, one of the biggest races of the year
 Her Majesty wears flowers on her hat and dress matching the ones on the balcony as she watches the races with John Warren
The Majesty watches the races with racing manager John Warren during derby day of the 2018 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse

The Queen was accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy and was greeted by Julia Budd, Chairwoman of Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Other guests in the Royal party include Mr John Warren, who manages the Queen's horses, and the Lady Carolyn Warren, The Lord & Lady Vestey, Sir Michael and the Lady Angela Oswald, Colonel and Mrs Toby Browne (Crown Equerry), The Lady Susan Hussey (Lady in Waiting) and Lt. Col. Charles Richards (Deputy Master of the Royal Household).

Colonel Browne was responsible for organising the carriage procession through Windsor at the recent Royal wedding. 

The Royal racegoers were driven down the straight course, The Queen in a maroon Bentley and was welcomed in front of The Queen's Stand, with the National Anthem played by The Band of the Royal Logistics.  

The Queen is a keen supporter of horseracing and has only missed two Investec Derby Days since ascending to the throne in 1953.

She has owned racehorses since 1949 and twice won the Investec Oaks - in 1957 with Carrozza, who was ridden by Lester Piggott, and with Dunfermline in 1977, her Silver Jubilee year, under Willie Carson.


Cheers! A group of women in colourful dresses raise their glasses as they prepare for this afternoon's big race
A star-studded box: Racecourse director Julia Bud joins the top enclosure with Frankie Bridge and Liz Hurley 
 Laughs all round! Frankie Bridge (left) and
  Liz Hurley (right) enjoy a laugh at the Surrey racecourse 
Thousands of racegoers gather on the heath as the first race of the day gets underway at Epsom
William Buick is pictured heading towards photographers desperate to snap a winning picture of the unexpected winner
A group of racegoers were in high spirits on the top of an open top Routemaster bus in the Lonsdale Enclosure 
A group of men sit in the the open top Routemaster bus in matching bright amber and black polka dot waistcoats
Bob Champion and Clare Balding in the Queen's Stand at today's races - where they witnesses the shock win of Masar
 Smiles all round! The Queen grins as she meets revellers at the Derby Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse today
 The Queen is greeted by Julia Budd, the director of
  Epsom Downs racecourse, who wears a pale blue coat and nude shoe
 Queen Elizabeth II arrives at The Queen's Stand ready for the race day, she is accompanied by Julia Budd
 Queen Elizabeth meets attendees at the racecourse as they bask in the 71F Surrey heat on Saturday afternoon 
Fleets of photographers crowd to get a shot of Her Royal Highness as she walks the racecourse
 Racecourse director Julia Budd courtesies to the Queen as she arrives in a Bentley to the biggest flat race of the year 
 A right royal event! The Queen arrives at the races in a purple Bentley. She is one of 150,000 attendees descending of the Surrey racecourse this weekend 
 Actress Liz Hurley was one of the first celebrities to arrive at
  the equestrian event of the year, she donned a figure-hugging pink dress and nude heels (right).
  Other stars included Hollywood actress Dame Helen Mirren (centre) and Good Morning Britain host Charlotte Hawkins
 The actress and swimwear entrepreneur Liz Hurley showed off her
 tan in a light pink dress and feathered fascinator at the
Liz Hurley passes a police dog as she walks a red carpet at the race day 
 Liz Hurley smiles in the sun at Epsom racecourse as
 she attends the biggest raceday of the year
What have they spotted? The Oscar-winning actress looks shocked as she looks into the crowd at the races
Look over there! Dame Helen points into the distance as she enjoys a day at the races with her husband 
 Helen Mirren and two other women take photos at the races as the sun shined in Epsom on Saturday afternoon 
 Dame Helen Mirren snaps a picture on her iPhone from a balcony of the enclosure at the races in Epsom on Saturday 
 Dame Helen Mirren waves and shows off a fitted black hat as she attends the raceday with her husband
 Dame Helen Mirren arrives at the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom racecourse wearing a cream and black polka dot dress and matching jacket
Dame Helen Mirren attended the raceday with her husband , 
  director Taylor Hackford (together, left), he wore a top hat and tails
 Dame Helen Mirren and her husband Taylor Hackford arrive at the racecourse in Surrey
 Frankie Bridge, Saturday singer and wife of retired English left-back Wayne Bridge, arrives at the races in a nautical-themed white dress
 Olympic and Commonwealth cycling champion
  turned jockey Victoria Pendleton arrives at the raceday
 Former Made in Chelsea stars Millie Mackintosh and
 Hugo Taylor wore matching blue suits as they arrived at the Derby Day
 Chris Hughes, who starred on ITV's Love Island, arrives at the races as an ambassador for bookmakers Coral's
 Reality TV star Chris Hughes poses with his parents Val and Paul as he attends the day as an ambassador for Coral's #LoveRacing campaign

Saxon Warrior was the favourite to win today's race with bookmakers offering odds of 4/5. But bookmakers breathed a sigh of relief as they avoided a multi-million pound payout when Masar came in at 16/1.

Lucky punters took to social media to celebrate their unexpected wins as Twitter exploded with reaction to Masar's shock victory.  

Beaten into third in the 2000 Guineas by Saxon Warrior, Charlie Appleby's colt well and truly turned the tables on Aidan O'Brien's favourite who saw his Triple Crown dreams go up in smoke.

Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee stuck on for a game second a length and a half behind William Buick on the winner, with Dante Stakes winner Roaring Lion in third. 

The race has been won by the favourite or joint-favourite 42 times since 1900, most recently by Golden Horn, the 13/8 favourite, in 2015.

One group of racing enthusiasts celebrated early holding bottles of wine and cans on what appeared to be an open top bus.

A young woman posed in a black and white stripey dress and headpiece and knelt on two other racegoers as a friend took a picture.

Another reality TV star at the races was Love Island's Chris Hughes. The former islander was there as he trains to be a competitive jockey. 

Later this month he will compete at York Racecourse. 


He said: 'I've always wanted to be a jockey so visiting Epsom is going to give me a taste of what it will be like when I make my debut. I've had some serious sessions on this challenging journey and it's been tough – but I can't wait to get on the track at York!'


A view of the Investec Private Banking Handicap as the social racegoers cheer on Investec Derby Festival
 Gentleman turned up in suits and top hats while ladies wore colourful dresses, fascinators and high heels as they totter around the Surrey site 
 A little boy looks over the barrier as a man reads the Racing Post during the second day of the festival
 Connect Trained by C G Cox Ridden by A Kirby comes up the home straight to win
 The owners of Connect Trained by C G Cox Ridden by A Kirby collect their prize after winning the 14:00 Investec Private Banking Handicap Investec Derby Festival
 Frankie Dettori rides Wilamina as he crosses the line to win the Princess Elizabeth Stakes race
 Let me take a selfie! Ladies pose in sunglasses and fascinators at the Derby day of the Epsom races
 More than 150,000 revellers entered the surrey racecourse this weekend, with the events peaking with the Derby today
 The band of The Royal Logistics Corps playing on the track at the arrival of The Queen
 Mobile phones are held high as racegoers try to snap a picture of The Queen arriving at the Epsom racecourse
 A group of ladies wearing red, green and pink as
  they pose at the raceday. Left (centre) GMB host Charlotte Hawkins arrives
 Jockey Silvestre de Sousa walking down the finishing straight ahead of the day's racing
 Rugby Union players Ben Foden and Tom Kessell attend Derby Day Investec Derby Festival
 Model Amber Le Bon arrives in a purple lace dress and sunglasses at the Epsom Downs Derby
 Jockey Frankie Dettori cruises to victory on Wilamina in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes on the second day of the Epsom Derby Festival in Surrey
 Frankie Dettori is greeted by crowds after winning one of the day's early races
 Frankie Dettori riding Wilamina celebrates winning the Princess Elizabeth Stakes race before dismissing retirement rumours
The extended mile G3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes went to Wilamina, ridden by former Question of Sport team captain Frankie Dettori.

Rumours had been circulating the 47-year-old would call it a day after riding the Dermot Weld-trained Hazapour in the mile-and-a-half showpiece.

But the multiple Classic-winning rider put to bed that speculation in the wake of his victory aboard the Martyn Meade-trained Wilamina in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

He said: 'I'm not retiring. There is a rumour going around saying that I'm going to retire after the Derby.

'I'm definitely not retiring and you definitely have another five years of putting up with me.'

 One group of racing enthusiasts celebrated early holding bottles of wine and cans on what appeared to be an open top bus
 A young woman poses in a black and white stripey dress and headpiece and knelt on two other racegoers as a friend took a picture
 Racegoer studies the form in morning dress outside The Grandstand waiting for the arrival of The Queen
Racegoers set up the drinks table by the open top bus during Investec Derby Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse
 Racegoers in morning dress waiting for the arrival of The Queen and the start of the day's racing Investec Derby Festival
 Racegoers in morning dress waiting for the arrival of The Queen and the start of the day's racing Investec Derby Festival
 A Red Devils parachutist entertains racegoers while holding a union flag at the Epsom Derby
 Ready to race! Women with front row seats look on at the racecourse
 Racegoers watch The Queen arrive at the racecourse during Investec Derby Day
 Cheers! Revellers clink glasses of champagne as they prepare to watch the biggest horse race of the year
 Revellers dressed to the nines sip on Moet at the race day
 A woman and young girl, both in flowery dresses and sunhats sit on a picnic blanket as they enjoy the Surrey sunshine
 Racegoers in the stands during derby day of the 2018 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse
 GB hockey players David Emes, Giselle Ansley, Jo Hunter and George Pinner attend Derby Day at Epsom
 The Military band rehearse ahead of the racegoers' arrival Investec Derby Festival today
 One woman wore a monochrome fascinator and pale teal dress as prepared for the big race
 Two men in top hats sit and read the Derby day's programme while a third pours a glass of sparkling wine
 Racegoers take their places in the stands as they wear sunglasses in the 71F (22C) weather in Surrey
 Here come the girls! Ladies in high heels and brightly coloured dresses strut along the green of the Surrey racecourse ahead of the race
 Cheap seats! Racegoers wear shorts in the outer seats of the enclosure
 Armed police patrol the grounds of the Surrey racecourse during Derby day 
 Armed police keep watch during Derby day of the festival
 A 'sightseeing tour' bus holding dozens of revellers dressed in suits and top hats passes the crowds in Epsom
 Bottoms up! Racegoers enjoy champagne on the second day of the Epsom races

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