Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

The Queen’s Estimate under scrutiny after drugs test

Queen Elizabeth II talks with Jockey Ryan Moore
Queen Elizabeth II talks with Jockey Ryan Moore

The Queen’s horse Estimate will be the centre of attention today when contesting the Artemis Goodwood Cup. Estimate failed a post-race drugs test at Ascot for morphine last month, the victim of contaminated horse feed.

It may have hindered rather than improved her effort in the Royal Ascot Gold Cup in which she split winner Leading Light and Missunited.

Estimate, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore, gave the Queen one of her racing highlights when winning last year’s Gold Cup.

Brown Panther, owned and bred by former England football star Michael Owen, won the Goodwood Cup last year and is back to defend his crown.

But Cavalryman can defy his advancing years by landing the prize, one of the oldest in the sporting calendar, in existence since 1812 — five years after the first Ascot Gold Cup but 27 years before the first Grand National and 60 years before the first FA Cup final.

Meanwhile, Paul Hanagan faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a hairline fracture in his lower left arm following a fall at Goodwood on Tuesday.

The two-time champion jockey sustained the injury when his mount, the Ed Dunlop-trained White Nile, slipped up in the bet365 Summer Stakes.

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