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Sunday 22 October 2017

Queen's horse tests positive for morphine

A racehorse owned by the Queen of England has tested positive for morphine, a prohibited substance, Buckingham Palace announced.

Estimate, which won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot in 2013 and came second in the same race this year, is a five-year-old filly trained by Michael Stoute.

Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed, the Queen's racing advisor said. The Queen, who cheered the horse on to success at Royal Ascot last year, has been told of the development.

Although morphine is not prohibited during training, it is banned on race days.

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A statement by John Warren, the Queen's Bloodstock and Racing Advisor, 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 made sporting history for the Queen last year when she became the first reigning monarch to win Royal Ascot's Gold Cup.

With a clap of her hands and a beaming smile, she celebrated the moment the horse finished first, as her family jumped for joy behind her in the royal box.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie had joined their grandmother for a day at the races and could not contain their excitement.

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