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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Queen's horse tests positive

File photo dated 20/6/2013 of Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup ridden by jockey Ryan Moore (left) during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot . Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.
File photo dated 20/6/2013 of Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup ridden by jockey Ryan Moore (left) during Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot . Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire.

A RACE HORSE owned by the Queen 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 product, the palace said.

A statement by John Warren, the Queen's Bloodstock and Racing Advisor, said: "Sir Michael is working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables.

"Her Majesty has been informed of the situation."

Cycling: Isle of Man cyclist Mark Cavendish hopes to be back racing in four weeks' time and is targeting September's World Championships to make his comeback.

The 29-year-old sustained a shoulder injury after crashing on the opening stage of the Tour de France a fortnight ago, forcing him to pull out of the event and also miss the Commonwealth Games.

"Initially I thought I could get back for the Commonwealth Games but the more I thought about it and the more I've not been on Tour the more I appreciate my career," he said. "On Sunday I got on the bike for the first time since (the crash). It wasn't pain free but I could ride on it. I can ride my bike but I don't want to risk racing. It will be four weeks before I'm racing."

 

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