Estimate, Treve spice up Royal Ascot

The annual fusion of high-end fashion and top-class racing which is Royal Ascot comes with added spice this year, thanks to the presence of two outstanding fillies.

ESTIMATE, owned by Queen Elizabeth II, attempts to win the meeting's showcase, the Ascot Gold Cup, for the second year running on Thursday.

And TREVE bids to advance her status as the world's best racehorse in the Prince Of Wales Stakes tomorrow.

They are the headline acts during a week when total prize money has risen to £5.31 million ($11.2 million), a six per cent increase on last year.

All eyes will be on Estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup. The five-year-old's preparation has been complicated by a muscle injury that forced trainer Sir Michael Stoute to scrap plans to run her in the build-up.

Although Estimate has not run for eight months, Stoute, the leading active trainer at Royal Ascot with 68 winners, is confident she is ready to give of her best.

Estimate bids to win at Royal Ascot for the third year running, having won the Queen's Vase in 2012.

The Queen of England is scheduled to attend on each of the five days, when 280,000 people will descend on the royal course. - AFP.