Missunited doubles Ascot money after Estimate test fail
Mick Winters' star mare Missunited has been promoted to second place in the Ascot Gold Cup after a British Horseracing Authority inquiry yesterday disqualified the Queen's Estimate.
The Michael Stoute-trained 2013 heroine of the royal meeting's prestigious Group One had tested positive for morphine. Having established that a contaminated batch of feed was the source of failed drug test, the BHA imposed no fine on Stoute for the transgression.
As a consequence of the finding, though, Winters' popular Vanessa Hutch-owned mare, which was retired to the breeding shed after her heroic Lillie Langtry Stakes triumph at Goodwood, has seen her earnings from the thrilling Ascot race double from £40,350 to £80,625.
There were also disqualifications in similar circumstances for horses trained by Barry and Charlie Hills, Gay Kelleway and Tony Carroll, while Godolphin jockey Silvestre De Sousa was hit with a 21-day ban under for totting up rules for breaches of the whip rules. The Brazilian will miss next month's Champions Day as a result of the ban.
Eddie Lynam will cross the water in search of more big-race glory with his Royal Ascot victor Anthem Alexander tomorrow. The Pat Smullen-ridden Queen Mary winner is set to renew rivalry with her York conqueror Tiggy Wiggy in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes.
Lynam's Slade Power has already entered quarantine in Newmarket ahead of an ambitious Australian venture in November, and Johnny Murtagh's Melbourne Cup-bound duo Mutual Regard and Royal Diamond have done likewise.
Dermot Weld had suggested that there would be no quest to add to his two famous successes in the Flemington showpiece this year.
However, an enormous prize fund totalling $6.2m has prompted Weld to put Pale Mimosa into quarantine on the Curragh ahead of a potential Cup foray on November 4.
"Pale Mimosa has gone into quarantine but no decision has been made yet on whether she goes or not," the Rosewell House wizard told Australian radio station RSN of the Irish St Leger fifth. "I'll have to discuss it with the connections - there's an awful lot of money involved.
"There's a couple of nice races she could run in here; there's the Prix du Cadran on Arc day and the champion stayers' race at Ascot, which would be the most likely, on Champions Day.
"We'll just see how she's training, see what the make-up of the race is like, see what the weather forecast is like and make a final call then."
Aidan O'Brien's Adelaide has also entered quarantine at Ballydoyle ahead of a potential Cox Plate bid in October.