The Queen’s horse, Estimate, became one of the most famous horses in the world after her spectacular performance in the Ascot Gold Cup earlier this year. However, her winning streak came to an end on Saturday as Estimate trailed behind the other horses on British Champions Day at Ascot.
Estimate was widely anticipated to win the Long Distance Cup leading the betting markets as favourite. Ahead of the race, the Queen’s racing manager, John Warren, said that the filly was in ‘wonderful’ form ahead of the British Champions Day.
The winner of the race was called Royal Diamond, royal by name but not by nature. Nonetheless, Her Majesty was seen to immensely enjoy the day’s racing.
Estimate came under pressure in the last half mile and trailed behind the other horses, eventually finishing in seventh place.
In June, the Queen was left delighted after she became the first monarch to win the Gold Cup in the race’s 207 year history following Estimate’s win.
This win was followed by iconic images of the Queen cheering on enthusiastically as Estimate, ridden by Ryan Moore, made that cold afternoon a day to remember.
The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied the Queen on Saturday and appeared to be in high spirits as he mingled with other guests in the jockey’s enclosure. Other guests included televison presenters Ant & Dec and Jeremy Kyle. Princess Beatrice also was also in attendance, wearing a grey pillbox hat.