Queen’s Racehorse Fails Dope Test

LONDON (July 22, 2014) A five-year-old filly named Estimate, which is owned by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, which won the prestigious Gold Cup at Royal Ascot last year, has tested positive for the banned substance morphine.

Buckingham Palace says that early indications suggest that the horse consumed the substance as a result of contaminated feed.

John Warren, the queen's bloodstock and racing adviser, said Tuesday that Estimate's trainer Michael Stoute "is working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables."

Estimate finished second in this year's Gold Cup.

“Her Majesty has been informed of the situation,” Warren said.

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