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Stoute going for Gold as Estimate stakes her claim

ESTIMATE staked a good claim for the Gold Cup at the Royal meeting when making a successful seasonal debut in the British Queen's colours in the Sagaro Stakes at Ascot.

The four-year-old filly, trained by Michael Stoute, lifted the Queen's Vase over this two miles last summer at the Royal meeting and repeated the trick in this Group Three contest.

Ryan Moore had the well-backed 2/1 favourite not too far off the pace set by French raider Tres Rock Danon before making his bid early in the straight after Sir Graham Wade had briefly taken the lead.

Caucus also challenged but Estimate was too strong and went on to beat John Gosden's charge by a length and three-quarters. Sir Graham Wade was half a length back in third.

Estimate was cut to 8/1 from 20/1 with Paddy Power for the Gold Cup on June 20.

John Warren, bloodstock advisor to the Queen, said: "That was great, very exciting.

"I asked Ryan Moore whether she would stay another half-mile and he said 'we won't know until we try'.

"Whatever runs in the Gold Cup, they are not bred to do it but she has got every chance as her pedigree is all stamina.

"I've no idea what Michael wants to do, but he had been quite positive about her chances today."