It was announced by the British Horseracing Authority last week that a number of post-race samples obtained after recent race meetings had tested for morphine. The morphine is thought to have come from feed contamination, with supplier Dodson and Horell stating that one of their suppliers had informed them ‘of a possible component contamination.’
Although analysis of the B samples from these horses is still ongoing, a number have been named, including HM The Queen’s Estimate, who finished second in Ascot Gold Cup last month.
John Warren, the Queen’s bloodstock and racing adviser, said last night, “On Thursday, July 17, the British Horseracing Authority announced that a number of post-race samples, obtained from recent race meetings, had been found to indicate the presence of morphine, which is a prohibited substance on race days. Five horses, under the care of various trainers, were affected.
“I can confirm that one of those horses was Estimate, the five year-old filly trained by Sir Michael Stoute and owned by the Queen. Initial indications are that the positive test resulted from the consumption of a contaminated feed product.
“Sir Michael is working closely with the feed company involved to discover how the product may have become contaminated prior to delivery to his stables.
“As the BHA investigates this matter, including potential links between the different cases, Sir Michael continues to offer his full cooperation. There will be no further comment until the BHA announces its considered findings. Her Majesty has been informed of the situation.”
Charlie Hills has admitted he trains one of the five horses who tested positive.