Thursday 20 July 2017

Queen's horse Estimate stripped of Ascot Gold Cup second over positive morphine test

Estimate, the Queen's Ascot Gold Cup-winning horse, tested positive for morphine, a banned substance. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Estimate, the Queen's Ascot Gold Cup-winning horse, tested positive for morphine, a banned substance. Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Queen's Estimate has been disqualified from her second place in this year's Gold Cup at Royal Ascot following a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing in London.

A post-race sample containing morphine had been produced by Estimate, although trainer Sir Michael Stoute did not face a penalty as the source of the positive test had been found to be contaminated feed, with the BHA satisfied all reasonable precautions had been taken to avoid any breach of the rules.

Despite that, the Rules of Racing state that horses producing a positive sample for a prohibited substance should be disqualified from relevant races.

Stoute's Russian Realm was ninth in the Buckingham Palace Stakes at the Royal fixture and was another to be disqualified.

The BHA tweeted: "The horses have been disqualified from the races in question. No financial penalty has been imposed upon the trainer."

Four other trainers - Barry Hills, Charlie Hills, Gay Kelleway and Tony Carroll - also faced having horses disqualified at today's hearing, all in the same circumstances as Stoute.

 The £80,625 prize money for finishing runner-up will now be allotted to Missunited, who originally finished third.

Former Liverpool and England footballer Michael Owen's horse Brown Panther has been promoted to third place.

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