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Estimate In Race Against Clock

Thursday, 15th May 2014

The next three weeks will determine if talented UK stayer Estimate (Monsun-Ebaziya, by Darshaan) will be returning to Royal Ascot to defend her Gold Cup crown for The Queen next month, reports attheraces.com. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained 5YO mare has not raced since finishing a disappointing seventh at Ascot on Champions Day but faces a race against time if she is to make it back for the prestigious Royal meeting. "She had a slow start this spring so she's been a bit off the pace and behind target a little bit," said John Warren, racing advisor to The Queen. "Sir Michael has her well on target and back on track now. Obviously time is running close, but that (the Gold Cup) is her aim and objective and hopefully she'll be there on the big day." Warren added, "She came home to Sandringham in the winter and fillies can be different each spring. The next three weeks will be crucial and Sir Michael will just be building her work up and hopefully he'll get her there in one piece." Queen Elizabeth became the first reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup when the daughter of Monsun, who was an 80th birthday gift from the Aga Khan, defeated Simenon by a neck in the time-honoured event last year.

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