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Estimate tests positive for morphine

Estimate, winner of the Ascot Gold Cup in 2013 and runner up this season, has tested positive for the drug morphine Buckingham Palace has confirmed. Owned by the Queen, Estimate has been confirmed as one of five horses that were found to have traces of morphine in their system following recent post race tests, as announced by the BHA earlier in the week.


It is thought that the discovery of morphine may be linked to a contaminated feed supply as John Warren, the Queen’s Bloodstock and Racing Advisor, confirmed:


“On Thursday July 17 the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced that a number of post-race samples, obtained from recent race meetings, had been found to indicate the presence of morphine, which is a prohibited substance on race days. Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected.


“I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate, the five year-old filly trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by The Queen. Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product.


“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.


“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. Her Majesty has been informed of the situation.”


By Kevin Walsh / Steve Parsons/PA Wire



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