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A racehorse owned by Queen Elizabeth has tested positive for morphine

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 - 22:59 UTC
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 The Queen celebrating Estimate Gold Cup success Royal Ascot last year The Queen celebrating Estimate Gold Cup success Royal Ascot last year
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) revealed last week that five horses had tested positive for morphine in post-race samples. The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) revealed last week that five horses had tested positive for morphine in post-race samples.

A racehorse owned by the Queen has tested positive for morphine. Buckingham Palace said the banned substance was found in Estimate, trained by Sir Michael Stoute, reports the BBC. Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product, the Palace said.

The Queen, who cheered Estimate on to Gold Cup success at Royal Ascot last year has been informed of the development.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) revealed last week that five horses had tested positive for morphine in post-race samples. Morphine is a permitted medication but is prohibited on race days

On 17 July the British Horseracing Authority announced that a number of post-race samples, obtained from recent race meetings, had been found to indicate the presence of morphine,“ the Queen's bloodstock and racing advisor John Warren said.

”Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected. I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate.

“Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product.”

“There's no suggestion at the moment there is anything deliberate or sinister about this. While this is a big story it's still very much in the melting pot, and it's going to be fascinating to see how all this unravels”.

Warren added: “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.”

Estimate, a five-year-old mare trained in Newmarket, created history in June 2013 by becoming the first horse owned by a reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup when victorious under jockey Ryan Moore before a 70,000-crowd on Ladies' Day.

The victory made headlines around the world as cameras caught the delighted Queen with a broad smile as her horse triumphed.

Estimate, who has four career wins from nine races, was a narrow runner-up to the Irish-trained winner Leading Light in the Gold Cup last month.

The royal horse also triumphed at Royal Ascot in 2012 when winning the Queen's Vase in the monarch's Diamond Jubilee year.

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  • The Voice

    What facts are missing in this article....?
    Somehow I bet it's one where the horses are tested immediately after or before the race and the result was negative...
    just a wild guess....

    Jul 22nd, 2014 - 11:29 pm 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    “the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product, the Palace said”

    Tesco Finest horse meat lasagne perhaps?

    Jul 23rd, 2014 - 03:25 am 0
  • Zethee

    Same thing happened a few years ago. Gold Cup at Newbury was disqualified due to the horses feed being contaminated. It's rare but it does happen.

    The way the food is produced it can become contaminated with Poppy Seeds which will give a drugs test positive for Morphine.

    The feed product itself(Dodson and Horrell) has apparently been tested positive for contamination.

    Jul 23rd, 2014 - 08:56 am 0
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