Estimate leads home Caucus (right) and Sir Graham Wade at AscotPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Estimate wins for the Queen in Sagaro Stakes
Report: Ascot, Wednesday
Longines Sagaro Stakes (Group 3) 4yo+, 2m
A HUGE crowd cheered home a royal winner at the royal racecourse as the Sir Michael Stoute-trained, Ryan Moore-ridden Estimate overwhelmed her rivals in the Sagaro Stakes.
She holds an entry for the Ascot Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, raising the tantalising prospect of the Queen having a leading contender in one of the royal meeting's most famous events.
Paddy Power cut Estimate to 8-1 (from 20) while Boylesports went 10-1 (from 16). BetVictor went 12-1 (from 25).
Estimate won at the royal meeting last year, taking the Queen's Vase, before finishing third in consecutive Group races at Goodwood and Doncaster.
She preserved her perfect Ascot record in great fashion on Wednesday. Held up in mid-division by Moore before being launched down the outside in the closing stages she readily overhauled Sir Graham Wade, who had been raced up with the pace under Kieren Fallon.
Caucus made good ground late to pinch second off Fallon's mount but was almost two lengths behind the winner.
The well-backed 2-1 favourite was popular with the large crowd drawn to Ascot by free entry and spring sunshine and would surely prove just as celebrated should she race at the royal meeting, which the Queen's racing manager John Warren said was her likely next step.
Warren said: "I asked Ryan whether she would get another half-mile and you wouldn't be surprised by his reply which was 'you won't know until you try'!
"What particularly pleased Ryan was the way she quickened past horses and she loved the ground. She seems to have improved since last year and her breeding suggests she should have the stamina for the two and a half miles of the Ascot Gold Cup.
"I would hazard a guess that would be her next run."