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Royal Racing shock: The Queen's Gold Cup winning horse fails a drugs test

Investigations have been continuing today to try and find out why a racehorse owned by the Queen and trained by Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket tested positive for a banned substance.

In a statement the Queen's racing manager said it's thought Gold Cup winner Estimate failed a drugs test because some of her feed was contaminated.

Four more horses from different yards also failed the test.

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Newmarket: Queen's racehorse Estimate tests positive for morphine

Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup in 2013.
Queen Elizabeth II pats her horse Estimate after it won the Gold Cup in 2013. Credit: PA

A racehorse owned by the Queen and trained by Newmarket based Sir Michael Stoute has tested positive for a banned substance.

In a statement the Queen's racing advisor says it may have been caused by contaminated feed.

Four more horses from different trainers also tested positive.

Estimate, the racehorse owned by the Queen, helped her to make sporting history as she became the first reigning monarch to win Royal Ascot's Gold Cup.

"On Thursday 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, which is a prohibited substance on race days. Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected.

I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate, the five-year-old mare trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by the Queen. Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product. 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."

– John Warren, the Queen's bloodstock and racing adviser

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Racegoers at Newmarket help raise cash for Cancer Research

Racegoers at Newmarket racecourse.

Racegoers at Newmarket will be helping to raise cash for the charity Cancer Research UK today.

The Suffolk course is staging a number of events and competitions to raise awareness of the disease and the charities activities.

Simon O'Leary, Head of Volunteer Fundraising at Cancer Research UK, said: "We'd like to thank Newmarket Racecourses for its support in helping us to raise awareness of men's cancers.

"All funds raised will go towards the charity's life-saving research, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured."

Councillors to make decision on plans to build homes on Newmarket farmland

The Newmarket Horsemen's Group.
The Newmarket Horsemen's Group. Credit: ITV Anglia

Councillors are due to decide later if 400 homes can be built on farmland in Newmarket.

Last week members of the town's horse racing industry staged a protest over the development at Hatchfield Farm.

The Newmarket Horsemen's Group said it will threaten the future of the horse racing industry, which employs around 8 thousand people in the area.

The developers argue the scheme will help meet the demand for housing.

Building homes 'would threaten Newmarket racecourse'

A demonstration has been held in protest at plans to build nearly 400 homes on land near Newmarket racecourse.

Developers say the project will meet housing demand and have little adverse impact on the surrounding area.

However, The Newmarket Horsemen's Group, which led today's protest, says the development at Hatchfield Farm would threaten the future of the racing industry, which employs more than 8,000 people in the area.

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Housing plans in Newmarket will threaten racing industry warns campaigners

Newmarket, Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

Campaigners from the horse racing industry in Newmarket will hold a demonstration today over plans to build around 400 homes on farmland near the town.

The Newmarket Horseman's Group says the development at Hatchfield Farm would threaten the future of the racing Industry which employs 8,000 people in the area.

But the developer argues the scheme will help meet the demand for housing. Councillors will make a decision on the plans next week.

Newmarket racecourse ban Luis Suárez after match-winning display

Uruguay striker Luis Suárez put England to the sword in São Paulo last night, and a local racecourse has taken the tongue in cheek stance of banning him from one of their upcoming events.

The Newmarket racecourse have made it perfectly clear that Suárez won't be welcome should he fancy watching a bit of horse racing in Suffolk on his return from the World Cup in Brazil.

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