Marvellous moment in Ascot Gold Cup

The Queen’s racing and bloodstock advisor John Warren said winning the G1 Ascot Gold Cup (4000m) was a marvellous moment for British racing.

Warren was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 following Estimate’s historic victory for Her Majesty at Royal Ascot on Thursday.  “It was tremendous, absolutely wonderful,” he said.  “The excitement was there for all to see.

“Racing and breeding has been The Queen’s life-long passion and it’s a wonderful release,” Warren continued.  “The Queen embraces it wholeheartedly.”

Estimate (4f Monsun – Ebaziya by Darshaan) started the 7/2 favourite and won by a length – much to the monarch’s delight.  The filly made sporting history as The Queen became the first reigning monarch to win the Gold Cup in its 207-year history.

Watching from the Royal Box, and hailed by a massive crowd, The Queen registered her 22nd win at the Royal meeting.  The Gold Cup was first run in 1807 but, despite many attempts, no reigning monarch has ever celebrated as winning owner.

Estimate’s dam Ebaziya was given to The Queen as an 80th birthday present by the Aga Khan.  The Gold Cup winner is the result of her trip to German sire Monsun in 2008.

Monsun (Konigsstuhl) sired 100 stakes winners at Gestüt Schlenderhan before his death in September 2012.

The Queen was given a tumultuous reception as she greeted winning jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Sir Michael Stoute in the parade ring.  The Queen, who usually presents the Gold Cup to the winning owner, received the trophy from her son Prince Andrew the Duke of York.

Warren said The Queen would not reduce the time spent on her racing interests if and when she cuts back on official duties.  “I hope that The Queen might be able to find a little more time to spend with her horses.  She has so many commitments that the time she spends with her horses is so precious.”