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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Royal stayer Estimate will not run in the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington, said John Warren, bloodstock and racing advisor to Queen Elizabeth.

Royal stayer Estimate will not run in the Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington, said John Warren, bloodstock and racing advisor to Queen Elizabeth.

Connections of the Michael Stoute-trained mare will resist the urge to send the five-year-old to Australia for the coveted prize on November 4, instead opting to stay closer to home after she impressively returned to winning ways in the Doncaster Cup on Friday.

Estimate will now have one more outing, at either Ascot or at Longchamp, before she is retired to embark upon a career as a broodmare.

Warren said: "After much consideration and in the best interest of the filly, it has been decided that Estimate will not be heading to the Melbourne Cup.

"Her final target will be either the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot or the Qatar Prix du Cadran at Longchamp, after which she will be retired to The Royal Studs."

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