This has been a week of good news for the Queen and there can be further joy in the Royal household with victory for Estimate in the Socialites Electric Cigarettes Doncaster Cup.
After learning her daughter-in-law Kate is expecting a second child, Her Majesty’s attention can turn to the racetrack, where her highest-profile horse continues her return to form.
Last year’s Gold Cup winner ran heroically to finish second on her first outing of the season in the same race, after which a variety of excuses were forwarded for her lamentable performance in the Goodwood Cup.
Back in action at York last month, her second-placed effort behind Pale Mimosa was much more like the Estimate of old, and with Sir Michael Stoute’s string in rude health at present, this Group Two event should really be hers for the taking.
The long home straight at Town Moor places an emphasis on stamina, which this five-year-old has in spades, and two and a quarter miles will be right up her street.
It was disappointing to see Alonsoa lose her unbeaten record at Newmarket but she looks deserving of another chance in the John Smith’s Extra Smooth May Hill Stakes.
After an impressive victory in the Listed Star Stakes at Sandown in July, her usually cautious trainer Henry Candy was talking of the daughter of Raven’s Pass having the ability to fly as high as many of the top fillies he has had in his care.