Queen's racehorse tests positive for banned substance

A RACEHORSE owned by the Queen, which won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year, has tested positive for a banned substance, Buckingham Palace announced on Tuesday.

Initial results indicate that Estimate tested positive for morphine after she consumed contaminated food, the palace said.

While morphine is a permitted medication, it is prohibited on race days.

The five-year-old filly trained by Sir Michael Stoute saw the Queen become the first reigning monarch to win Royal Ascot's Gold Cup. In this year's race, Estimate came second to the winner Leading Light.

The Queen has been informed following an announcement by the British Horseracing Authority last Thursday, according to John Warren, the Queen's Bloodstock and Racing Advisor.

Mr Warren said in a statement that a number of post-race samples taken from recent race meetings "had been found to indicate the presence of morphine".

"Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected," he said.

He added that Sir Michael is "working closely" with the feed company involved to uncover how morphine may have contaminated the food prior before it was delivered to Estimate's stables.

"As the BHA investigates this matter, including potential links between the different cases, Sir Michael continues to offer his full co-operation. There will be no further comment until the BHA announces its considered findings," he added.

At the time of Estimate's win, Sir Michael said the Queen greatly appreciated the victory: "It's a special thrill to win this race for the Queen and it will have given her enormous pleasure - she really loves this game and it's a great recreation for her.

"She told me it was a very big thrill and thanked everybody involved," he added.

The Queen won £155,960 in prize money as the owner.

Topics:  editors picks horse queen racing royal ascot

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Snitz sizzles to win qualifier with ease

IN FULL FLIGHT: Brisbane jockey Robbie Fradd streaks clear to win the $150,000 NRRA Country Championships qualifier on board Snitz, trained by Matt Dunn, at Clarence River Jockey Club.

SHORT priced favourite sends everybody home happy.

Ballina Players brings popular military drama to the stage

ON STAGE: John Rado as Colonel Nathan Jessep and Dylan Wheeler as Lt Daniel Kaffee in the Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men.

Tickets are on sale for their new production of A Few Good Men

Triumph of dreams ... it all started with one bike

A CLASSIC: Meerschaum Vale's Col McAndrew with his Triumph 1956 Speed Twin which he will show at the Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club's Show and Shine at Alstonville Plaza on March 18.

Col has six classic bikes; 100 expected at show

Local Partners