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Estimate easing her way back

Sir Michael Stoute is no hurry to map out a programme for the Queen's Ascot Gold Cup winner Estimate.

The five-year-old's training is being stepped up, but as yet no date has been earmarked for her return to racecourse action.

Estimate was restricted to just one run after her Royal Ascot triumph and that came on the same course in the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup when she was only seventh to Royal Diamond.

However, Stoute revealed the mare had an injury between the two races which caused her to miss the Lonsdale Cup at York in August.

"She had a nice, long holiday at Sandringham, so we're just loosening her up and conditioning her now. We'll wait and see where we start her off," the Newmarket trainer told At The Races.

"She had an injury just before the Lonsdale so she's been at home a long time.

"She's easy to train, but she's not easy to ride - she's just bouncy, bubbly and a bit naughty.

"We're just going into strong work and we'll wait and see what schedule she is on."

Stoute reported Hillstar needed treatment after finishing well-beaten behind African Story in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan.

"Hillstar came back very stiff and needed a lot of physio. That was a blank, that didn't work out," he said.

However, Dank delighted her trainer when third to Just A Way in the Dubai Duty Free at Meydan.

"Dank ran a lovely race but didn't get a lot of luck in running," he said.

"She has a superb temperament and travels extremely well. If you keep her in training as a five-year-old you are not going to restrict her to the fillies' races.

"I don't know where we go next. There are a lot of opportunities for her."