Goodwood goal for Estimate

  • Last Updated: July 13 2014, 10:17 BST

The Goodwood Cup remains the most likely next port of call for Estimate after she narrowly failed to defend her Royal Ascot crown last month.

Estimate (centre): Only narrowly failed to claim back-to-back wins in the Gold Cup
Estimate (centre): Only narrowly failed to claim back-to-back wins in the Gold Cup

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained mare produced one of the biggest stories of the season last year when landing the Gold Cup in the colours of the Queen and was beaten just a neck by Leading Light on her second crack at the two-and-a-half-mile Group One.

The Queen's racing manager John Warren reports the five-year-old to have recovered from her Ascot exertions well and she now appears bound for a trip to the Sussex Downs on July 31.

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Warren said: "She's really good. She came out of Ascot very well. I saw her earlier this week and she looked great.

"I think we're probably looking towards Goodwood with her, all being well.

"It was a shame we couldn't get a run into her before the Gold Cup. You are left wondering what might have been, but she ran a mighty race and we were so proud of her."