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Classic setback for Queen"s Estimate

Classic setback for Queen's filly after third-place finish in Lillie Langtry Stakes

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UPDATED:

23:04 GMT, 2 August 2012

The chances of having a royal runner in the final Classic of the season appear to be over after the Queen’s Estimate could only finish third in the Lillie Langtry Stakes.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly had been quoted at 16-1 for next month’s St Leger by sponsors Ladbrokes after giving her owner a Diamond Jubilee Royal Ascot winner in the two-mile Queen’s Vase.

The Queen won the Silver Jubilee St Leger in 1977 with Dunfermline, but Estimate’s hopes look forlorn after her two-and-three-quarter length defeat by Wild Coco, who provided Sir Henry Cecil and Tom Queally with their fourth winner of the week.

Royal assent: The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly had been quoted at 16-1

Royal assent: The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly had been quoted at 16-1

Stoute said: 'She has run well and staying is her game. I’ll have to talk to connections but I’d think the St Leger is unlikely.’

Wild Coco could step up to the Group One Yorkshire Oaks later this month and thus accompany stablemate Frankel in Cecil’s team for the Ebor meeting.

Cecil, whose chemotherapy treatment has prevented him from attending this meeting, reported Frankel in good shape after his Sussex Stakes win on Wednesday.

But the trainer was lukewarm on suggestions that a tilt at the Prix du Moulin could be inserted in the colt’s programme between runs in the Juddmonte International at York and the Champion Stakes at Ascot in October.

Cecil said: ‘Whether he contests the Prix du Moulin is questionable.’
Cecil, who runs Midsummer Sun and Stipulate today plus Timepiece in the Group One Nassau Stakes, is battling Mark Johnston for the title of top trainer at the meeting after Johnston, who has claimed that crown seven times, landed his fourth race of the week with Heavy Metal in the Richmond Stakes.

Meanwhile, Irish trainer John Oxx chose the 200th Goodwood Cup to register his first Glorious Goodwood winner courtesy of the 2-1 favourite Saddler’s Rock.

The Johnny Murtagh-ridden winner, who held off fast-finishing Askar Tau by a length, had blown his chance by pulling too hard when third in the Ascot Gold Cup won by Thursday’s third Colour Vision.

Oxx said: ‘Not just one thing went wrong at Ascot, three or four things went wrong. If it had been one thing we might still have won.’

Saddler’s Rock is also York-bound with the Lonsdale Stakes his target.