Estimate scores in Doncaster Cup
Estimate gave The Queen a victory in the Doncaster Cup under a typically tough ride from Ryan Moore, outstaying her rivals in the 2m 2f contest. Sir Michael Stoute’s mare has proven herself to be as tough as old boots in the past and the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup winner showed all those qualities again here, seeing off Whiplash Willie by 1 1/4 lengths.
Sent off the 11/8 favourite, Estimate was always in a decent position under Moore and was ready to make her challenge three furlongs out. The response was not immediate but Estimate loves a battle as she had shown in all three starts this season and having become embroiled in a fight with Whiplash Willie, was eventually able to get on top in the closing stages.
Whiplash Willie, trained by Andrew Balding and ridden by David Probert, put in a career best effort back in second but the biggest surprise was caused by Irish raider Kalann, who put in a terrific effort to finish third for Sabrina Harty at a whopping price of 80/1.
Moore said: “She was never going to get beat today. She travelled sweetly and I didn’t have anything to really bring me long enough.
“When she’s in front she just waits a bit, but when she feels them coming she battles away.
“I hadn’t really asked her a serious question and there was plenty in the tank.”
The winner’s delighted trainer added: “It was great seeing her win as she ran such a blinder in the Gold Cup. Goodwood just didn’t suit her, it was just too firm for her there.
“She’s 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 (the staff) do a great job with her.
“I think we have to consider it (Melbourne Cup), but I won’t make the final decision. I’m not paying!
“You’d wonder a bit about the ground at Flemington as she does like a little bit of forgiveness in it.
“We’ll think about it and discuss it with the Queen and John Warren.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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