Estimate tests positive for banned substance

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The Queen’s 2013 Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate who is trained in Newmarket by Sir Michael Stoute has tested positive for a banned raceday substance.

In a statement released by Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, it confirmed that morphine was found in a sample produced by the five-year oldafter finishing second in this year’s Ascot Gold Cup.

The revelation has come just days after the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced that five horses under the care of various trainers showed the presence of morphine in their samples.

“On 17 July the BHA announced that a number of post-race samples, obtained from recent race meetings, had been found to indicate the presence of morphine,” said John Warren, the Queen’s bloodstock and racing advisor.

“I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate, the five-year-old filly trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by The Queen.

“Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product.

“Sir Michael is working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables.”