Estimate Wins Gold Cup For the Queen in Thrilling Finish
Talented stayer Estimate scored a famous Gold Cup victory, narrowly defeating Simenon and Top Trip to win the prestigious race for The Queen.
The win for the Queen, who became the first reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup, overshadowed one of the best races of the entire 2013 Royal Ascot Festival as Estimate and Simenon battled it out in the concluding stages of the race.
Simenon looked as though he was going to spoil the party for the Royals but Estimate was strong enough to hold on, to the delight of the partisan English crowd.
Trainer Michael Stoute, who won the Gold Cup for the first time since 1978, was delighted with the performance of the always-improving filly.
“She showed a lot of courage and was always in a lovely position,” Stoute said.
“I really felt it was a tough task, I wasn’t confident at all with her taking on the boys.
“Her preparation had gone well and she was bred to have a big chance of getting the trip but she had to step up to beat these boys.
“It’s a great thrill and honour as we know how much she The Queen loves the game.”
Jockey Ryan Moore was clearly thrilled to have been a part of such a famous victory.
“All we had was this race in mind, it’s great to ride any winner for the Queen but to do it in the Gold Cup is very special,” Moore said.
The victory for The Queen capped off an emotional day at Royal Ascot with Lady Cecil, the widow of legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil who passed away just over a week ago, claiming her first ever winner at the famous festival with Riposte scoring in the Ribblesdale Stakes.
Lady Cecil was sure that her late husband would be relishing another Royal Ascot victory.
“We hardly dared dream that we would have a winner, but Henry would be relishing this because he loved Ascot,” Lady Cecil said.
“As you can imagine it’s been a tough, tough week for everyone at Warren Place, but I’m sure Henry is looking down on us today.”
It is another big day of racing at Royal Ascot tomorrow with the Group 1 Coronation Stakes and the Queen’s Vase that will be run in memory of Sir Henry Cecil taking place.