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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Queen Elizabeth'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.

Queen Elizabeth'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 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.

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

1There is a better than evens chance Kingsgate Native will race on into his 10th year after getting back to winning ways at Beverley this week. The Robert Cowell-trained veteran had lost a little of his sparkle of late but racing outside of Group or Listed company for the first time in his career, he was a cosy winner on the Westwood.

Before that race there was talk of retirement if he failed to fire, but it now looks like he will return next season.

Chris Richardson, managing director of his owners, Cheveley Park Stud, said: "I've spoken to Mr Thompson (owner of the stud) and we've agreed he won't run again this season. We're going to give him a long break and if he retains all his old enthusiasm on the gallops when he's brought back in, which he so far seems to have, then I would say there's a better than 50-50 chance he will run again.

"We'll more than likely start him off in the Palace House Stakes and take it from there."

1New England's last thoroughbred racing track, says it is closing this year as the venue, which once hosted Seabiscuit and other premier horses of the day.

The 160-acre track, located just outside downtown Boston, had hoped to revive its sagging fortunes with a $1.1 billion Mohegan Sun casino project. But after the proposal was rejected, the operators said they have to close the near 80-year-old track.

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