Queen's Nag Flunks Drug Test

Winner of last year's Gold Cup, Estimate, tests positive for morphine

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 23, 2014 6:56 AM CDT

(Newser) – The latest royal scandal mercifully has nothing to do with Prince Harry, things that should've stayed in Vegas, or other photos you can't un-see: Rather, it's a 5-year-old horse owned by the queen, and she's tested positive for a banned substance, reports the Telegraph. It seems that Estimate, who won last year's Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, had morphine in her system at this year's event, and could be stripped of her second-place finish as a result.

"Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected," says a statement from someone called "the Queen's Bloodstock and Racing Advisor." "Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product. Her Majesty has been informed of the situation." Further, the queen's racing trainer is said to be "working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables."

In this June 20, 2013 file photo, Queen Elizabeth II and her daughter Princess Anne greet the queen's horse Estimate, who won the Gold Cup horse race.
In this June 20, 2013 file photo, Queen Elizabeth II and her daughter Princess Anne greet the queen's horse Estimate, who won the Gold Cup horse race.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie cheer as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's horse, Estimate, wins the Gold Cup on day three of the Royal Ascot, June 20, 2013.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie cheer as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II's horse, Estimate, wins the Gold Cup on day three of the Royal Ascot, June 20, 2013.   (AP Photo / Tim Ireland, PA)
Queen Elizabeth II and racing manager John Warren react after her horse, Estimate, won the Gold Cup of the Royal Ascot meeting, June 20, 2013.
Queen Elizabeth II and racing manager John Warren react after her horse, Estimate, won the Gold Cup of the Royal Ascot meeting, June 20, 2013.   (AP Photo / Tim Ireland/PA)
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