Queen’s filly Estimate wins GB Stayer of the Year award

Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot this week.
Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot, where her filly Estimate won the Ascot Gold Cup.

A filly owned by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has won the award for best stayer at the Cartier Racing Awards.

Estimate provided one of the highpoints of the 2013 Flat season when winning the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

Footage of the Queen receiving the Cartier Stayer Award at Buckingham Palace on Monday from Arnaud Bamberger, Cartier UK’s Executive Chairman, and Harry Herbert, Cartier’s Racing Consultant, was shown to the 330 invited guests at the 2013 Cartier Racing Awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday night.

The Queen looked pleased to be receiving the award and said: “Thank you very much indeed and it’s very nice to accept the award on behalf of Estimate, who did all the work.

“That’s very kind. Estimate is sitting in a field at Sandringham now having a rest and watching the deer and things like that. Perhaps she’ll come back into training next year.

“I shall be thrilled to keep that (the Cartier Award trophy) and have it as a memento. I was just looking at it and thinking it could join all the trophies we have at Ascot. We have all the trophies. I have actually managed to win the Gold Cup, which is unusual.”

Runaway Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Treve was named both Cartier Horse of the Year and Three-year-old filly of the year. Trained in France by Criquette Head-Maarek for Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, the daughter of Motivator has triumphed in all five of her starts, the latest three in Group Ones. She rounded off 2013 with a stunning five-length success in Europe’s richest race, the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp, and will remain in training next year.

The Cartier Award of Merit was presented to Jim Bolger, one of the outstanding trainers and breeders of recent years.

US-based owner George Strawbridge travelled to London specially to collect the Older Horse Award, won by his outstanding filly Moonlight Cloud.

Paul Smith, owner of Group One Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill, was on hand to pick up the Two-Year-Old colt award, and Breeders’ Cup heroine Chriselliam took the Two-Year-old Filly Award,  and her joint-owners Chris Wright, Emily Asprey and Willie Carson collected her trophy.

Another horse to star at Santa Anita earlier this month, Breeders’ Cup Turf hero Magician, took the Three-Year-Old Colt Award. J P Magnier, whose parents John and Sue part-own the son of Galileo, picked up their trophy.

Bargain-buy Lethal Force, owned by father and son Alan and Robin Craddock, won the Cartier Sprinter Award.

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