Park Hill plan for Estimate
Track expected to suit royal runner
Last Updated: September 7, 2012 5:17pm
Estimate: All set to run in the Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster
Royal Ascot heroine Estimate is among the 17 entries for the £80,000 Group Two DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Thursday.
The three-year-old daughter of Monsun, owned by The Queen, was last seen finishing third in the Group Three iShares Fillies' Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on August 2, when beaten three lengths by impressive winner Wild Coco, who could reoppose.
On her penultimate start, the lightly-raced Estimate brought the house down when charging to a five-length victory in the Group Three Queen's Vase over two miles at Royal Ascot on June 22.
John Warren, racing and bloodstock advisor to The Queen, said: "We are looking at the DFS Park Hill Stakes with Estimate.
"She has been prepared for the race since her run at Glorious Goodwood and everything has gone smoothly - Sir Michael (Stoute, trainer) is very happy with her well-being.
"She needs a test of stamina and hopefully this will suit her. She is a nice staying, progressive filly and on the upgrade. I think the return to a more conventional and galloping track like Doncaster will suit her.
"With three-year-old fillies that mature like Estimate has been doing, you are always hopeful that there is a few pounds of improvement in them as they progress to each race.
"She is bred to improve and fillies like her tend to do so at this time of year, so I would say there is every chance she will go forwards as opposed to backwards.
"All options will be open to her after the DFS Park Hill Stakes and anything stamina orientated will be her bag."
The going at Doncaster is currently good to firm, good in places and watering started on Friday.
Clerk of the course Jon Pullin said: "We have a warm weekend forecast with temperatures up to 24C/25C degrees so we will monitor the ground closely and water accordingly. We will be aiming to start the meeting on good ground or maybe a little bit quicker."