Estimate to stand up
and be counted in Sagaro
HAVING provided the Queen with a memorable Royal Ascot victory last year, Estimate is out to establish herself as a serious stayer in the making in the Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes at Ascot on Wednesday.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Estimate landed the Queen's Vase at last year's Royal meeting before two third-place efforts behind Wild Coco at Goodwood and Doncaster.
The four-year-old is from the family of Gold Cup winner Enzeli and John Warren, racing manager for the Queen, is hopeful the Sagaro can be the start of a good season for the filly.
"She has wintered well, and we've always been hopeful about her making the progression from three to four," he said.
"Hopefully we will find out at Ascot where we really stand in the big scheme of things. She is bred to be better this year, but it's not going to be easy taking on the colts. We're looking forward to seeing how she fares."
Among her rivals are the progressive Sir Graham Wade, who is looking to bounce back from a below par comeback run at Nottingham, and one-time classy hurdler Steps To Freedom.
On a busy day, racing also takes place at Cheltenham, Southwell, Pontefract and Kempton in Britain and Tipperary in Ireland.
Pontefract: Good to firm, good in places
Cheltenham: Good to soft, good in places
Tipperary: Soft, heavy in places