Queen Elizabeth II was delighted to accept the Cartier Stayer Award for her filly Estimate, who provided one of the high points of the 2013 flat season in England when winning the Gold Cup (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
Footage of the Queen receiving the award at Buckingham Palace Nov. 11 from Arnaud Bamberger, Cartier UK's executive chairman, and Harry Herbert, Cartier's racing consultant, was shown at the awards dinner the following evening to the 330 invited guests at London's Dorchester Hotel.
The Queen looked thrilled to be receiving the award and said: "Thank you very much indeed and it's very nice to accept the award on behalf of Estimate, who did all the work.
"That's very kind. Estimate is sitting in a field at Sandringham now having a rest and watching the deer and things like that. Perhaps she'll come back into training next year," she added.
"I shall be thrilled to keep that (the Cartier Award trophy) and have it as a memento. I was just looking at it and thinking it could join all the trophies we have at Ascot. We have all the trophies. I have actually managed to win the Gold Cup, which is unusual."
A 4-year-old daughter of Monsun trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Estimate has won half her eight career starts and earned $443,114.