By Simon Jackson.
The Queen’s racehorse and 2013 Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate secured her first win in 14 months when she landed the Group 2 Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup this afternoon.
The one and a quarter length success under Ryan Moore was the Sir Michael Stoute-trained five-year-old’s first since her memorable success at Royal Ascot last year and kept alive hopes that she may travel to Australia for the Emirates Melbourne Cup in November.
Estimate was given a confident ride by Ryan Moore and fought well in the latter stages to hold off Whiplash Willie and third-placed Kalann and Stoute who was quick to pay tribute to the significant role members of his staff played in the victory.
“It was great seeing her win because she ran such a blinder in the Gold Cup and Goodwood didn’t suit her – it was just too firm for her there,” Stoute said.
“Michelle, who does her, has made a great effort as well as Kerry, the head lass, and I must mention Pascal and Dave, who ride her.”
“She is a lively filly that has a lot of energy and gets bored every now and again. She can be a little bit narky. Her resolution can never be questioned but she is a character and they do a great job with her.
“I would think that we have to consider the Melbourne Cup but I won’t make the final decision – I am not paying! You wonder a little bit about the ground at Flemington because she does like a little bit of forgiveness in it. We will think about it and discuss it with The Queen and [her racing advisor] John Warren.
The manner of the victory impressed the winning jockey, who said she was always travelling well.
“She was never going to get beaten today,” Moore said. “She travelled sweetly and I didn’t have enough to really bring me along enough and, when she was in front there, she just waited a bit. When she feels them coming, she battles away.
“I hadn’t really asked her a serious question and there is plenty in the tank always with her.”
The Queen’s representative John Warren said that connections will now get together to decide on the immediate target.
“I know that there has been huge pressure from the Australians for The Queen to have a runner, which would be amazing to do, and it’s good for so many reasons,” Warren said. “I would say today, another element was that the ground was kind to her and she was able to let down whereas Goodwood was quite fast and I think Australia probably has quick ground.
“I think there are a number of people that will have an input. We will talk to Ryan, obviously Michael will have a few thoughts and we will stick all the heads together and make a proposition to The Queen and see which way she feels it will go forward. I know the most important thing is the welfare of the filly.”
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