Queen Wins Ascot Gold Cup
Tara Madgwick - Friday, 21 June 2013

The Group I Ascot Gold Cup was run overnight and produced a very popular winner with The Queen's mare Estimate taking out the marathon feature as favourite.

A four year-old mare by ill-fated champion German sire Monsun, Estimate is prepared by Sir Michel Stoute and became the first Ascot Gold Cup winner to be owned by a reigning monarch in the raceĀ“s 207-year history and she also became the first filly to claim this prize since Indian Queen in 1991.

Partnered by Ryan Moore, Estimate ran the trip strongly and proved too good, taking the two and a half mile staying test by a neck.

She won the Group III Queen's Vase at this meeting last year and now has the overall record of four wins and two placings from seven starts.

"She showed a lot of courage and was always in a lovely position. She switches off so well," said Sir Michael Stoute.
"It's a great thrill and honour as we know how much she [the Queen] loves the game."

Bred by the Aga Khan and gifted to The Queen as a youngster, Estimate (pictured BBC Sport) is a half-sister to three other Group I winners in Ebadiyla, Edabiya and Enzeli, who also won the Ascot Gold Cup.

She is the 14th foal and eighth winner from remarkable producer Ebaziya, a Listed winner by Darshaan who was 20 when she was born.

Stud Open days, great suite accommodation in the middle of it all.

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