Queen’s horse fails drugs test

Queen’s horse fails drugs test

Queen’s horse fails drugs test

Written by Staff Writer

23 Jul, 2014 | 11:12 am

A racehorse owned by the Queen has tested positive for morphine.

Buckingham Palace said the banned substance was found in Estimate, trained by Sir Michael Stoute.

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

The Queen, who cheered Estimate on to Gold Cup success at Royal Ascot last year, has been informed of the development.

The Queen, pictured with her racing advisor John Warren, won £155,960 in prize money for Estimate's Gold Cup win

The Queen, pictured with her racing advisor John Warren, won £155,960 in prize money for Estimate’s Gold Cup win

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) revealed last week that five horses had tested positive for morphine in post-race samples.

Morphine is listed as a naturally occurring substance by the BHA. Its use is permitted out of competition but not on racedays.

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

“Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected. I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate.

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

Estimate, a five-year-old mare trained in Newmarket who has four career wins from nine races, created history in June 2013 by becoming the first horse owned by a reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup when victorious under jockey Ryan Moore before a 70,000-crowd on Ladies’ Day.

Estimate is one of around 40 horses the Queen has in training on the flat and over jumps

Estimate is one of around 40 horses the Queen has in training on the flat and over jumps

Source: BBC

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