The Queen’s horse, Estimate, won the Royal Ascot Gold Cup on Thursday, to ensure it was the first time that a reigning monarch won the race.

In the race’s 207-year history, the prestigious event had never been won by the current King/Queen, but Estimate held off the challenge of Simenon to change that record.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained four-year-old filly held off his competitor over the final furlong and the Queen was seen smiling and enthusiastically clapping as she crossed the line.

In total, the Queen has won 22 races at Royal Ascot with her first coming in the Royal Hunt Cup in 1953, just two weeks after her coronation.

The race wasn’t controversy free, though, as a steward’s inquiry was launched after the race into Estimate’s manoeuvres over the closing stages.

As it were, the placings were left unaffected but jockey Ryan Moore has been banned for two days after accidentally drifting into another horse.

 

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