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The Queen greets Estimate after winning the Gold Cup

The Queen with her Gold Cup winner Estimate

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Queen's Gold Cup win 'wonderful for racing'

ESTIMATE'S success in the Thursday's Gold Cup was described on Friday by the Queen's racing advisor John Warren as "tremendous and wonderful for British racing".

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old became the first horse owned by a reigning monarch to win Royal Ascot's feature race and the day-three crowd erupted as she edged a thrilling finish.

The Queen's delight was evident as she cheered her filly home.

"It was tremendous, absolutely wonderful," said Warren. "The excitement was there for all to see particularly at the end of two and a half miles.

"The anticipation was built up due to the fact a journalist pointed out no reigning monarch had ever won the race - it built the tension up.

"It put a sense of not pressure, but excitement in the build-up.

"Although she was favourite we didn't expect to beat the colts, it was a tremendous performance."

It was the Queen's first top-level win since Unknown Quantity won the Arlington Handicap in 1989, but her interest in the sport dates back much longer with Aureole landing the Coronation Cup and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in 1954.

Warren, speaking on BBC Radio 4, added: "It's been a life-long passion. There's so many aspects and it's great when it ends up with the result like that at the end of an amazing journey.

"Racing is a wonderful release for the Queen - it's her tremendous passion and wonderful for British racing.

"Racing goes through its up and downs, but to see a wonderful horse and committed owner have success was tremendous. It was a wonderful day for British racing."

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