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Royal battle sees Queen’s horse finish in second

By Tony Jones

The Queen's horse Estimate has lost its Gold Cup title in a thrilling finish to the Royal Ascot race.

The monarch's thoroughbred, whose preparation for the event had been held up due to a muscle injury, was just beaten in the closing stages having surged ahead to take the lead.

With the winning post in sight there was a four-way race between the leading contenders but the colt Leading Light — the favourite with many bookmakers — finished just ahead.

Sitting in the royal box next to her racing manager John Warren, the Queen gave a little grimace then smiled as she watched her horse finish second.

Among the Queen's guests at Royal Ascot were Prince Harry — making only his second visit to the famous sporting event — the Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of York and comedian Rory Bremner.

Also there was the Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Princess Beatrice and Peter Phillips.

Mr Warren said the Queen had enjoyed her horse's run. “We really couldn't ask for more,” he said. “It was tremendous and the Queen got such pleasure out of it.”

Among the famous racegoers at Ascot were singer Katherine Jenkins, mark-up artist Jemma Kidd and designer David Emanuel, who co-created the Princess of Wales's wedding dress.

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