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Queen's racehorse stripped of Gold Cup placing after positive drugs test

Estimate tested positive for morphine in July. Credit: PA

A racehorse owned by the Queen has been stripped of its second place finish in this year's Ascot Gold Cup following a positive drugs test.

Estimate was one of eight horses to test positive for morphine in July, a substance which has since been traced back to a batch of contaminated feed.

A British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary hearing ruled that trainer Sir Michael Stoute had in fact taken sufficient measures to prevent the incident from happening, and decided against imposing a fine.

Estimate finished as runner-up to Leading Light in the Gold Cup, having won the same race in 2013.

The £80,625 prize for second place will now be handed to Missunited, who originally finished third in the race.

Racehorse trainer charged over 'steroids in stables'

A leading Irish racehorse trainer had one kilo of anabolic steroids in his stables when veterinary inspectors carried out a raid, a court has heard.

Philip Fenton is facing eight charges over treatments and medicines allegedly found at his yard, South Lodge, Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, in January 2012.

Irish racehorse trainer Philip Fenton Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Among the substances was the quantity of steroid Nitrotain, a 20ml bottle of a second performance enhancing drug, Ilium Stanabolic, a counterfeit antibiotic and medicines held without prescription, the court heard.

Fenton's trial will take place at Carrick-on-Suir District Court on October 23.

No plea has been entered.

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First foal of champion Frankel sold in £1.15m deal

The first foal born to champion racehorse Frankel, has been sold at auction in a deal worth £1.15 million

The foal's mother, Crystal Gaze, was also included in the sale to MV Magnier, son of business magnate John Magnier, whose family owns the Coolmore stud farm in Ireland.

Frankel's foal sold for £1.15m to an Irish stud farm. Credit: Richard Pallot/ITV News

Crystal Gaze is expecting another foal father by Frankel later this year.

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Grand National hero greets children during hospital visit

The 2004 Grand National winner Amberleigh House got involved during the annual Aintree jockeys' visit at Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Aintree Racecourse's Twitter account posted:

From Mini Cheddars to feathers: The hats of Ladies Day

An assortment of fabulous and fascinating hats graced Aintree Racecourse today at the Grand National festival's Ladies Day.

Sarah Morris says cheese as she shows off her hat made from Mini Cheddars. Credit: Pete Byrne/PA Wire
One racegoer takes a ride a model horse during Ladies Day. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Aintree Racecourse was a scene of fabulous hats and handbags. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport and David Davies/PA Wire
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Your selfies from Ladies Day at Aintree

We want your selfies from this year's Ladies Day at the Aintree Festival.

Send them to granada.reports@itv.com or tweet us @GranadaReports.

Here are some of the latest pictures:

Louise Counsell and friends at Aintree Credit: Louise Counsell
Keren Lawton and her vintage pals Credit: Keren Lawton
Our Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore with fashion blogger Prince Cassius at Aintree Credit: Caroline Whitmore

Ladies Day at Aintree's Grand National festival

Ladies Day has got underway at the Grand National festival, shining a light on the female racegoers at Aintree Racecourse.

Racegoers arrive at Aintree Racecourse for Ladies Day at the Grand National festival. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
Many of the ladies went all out in the fashion stakes. Credit: Pete Byrne/PA Wire
Pashminas and hats are just the ticket as Ladies Day gets underway. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire
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