ROYAL Ascot and Breeders’ Cup heroine Tepin was snapped up by Coolmore for a cool $8million at Fasig-Tipton’s November sale in Kentucky on Monday.

The Mark Casse-trained mare, a two time Eclipse Award winner, retired from racing last year having won 13 races overall and six Group Ones, including the 2016 Queen Anne Stakes and the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile.

She is currently in foal to American superstar Curlin and is set to visit Galileo in 2018 after confirmation she will join Coolmore’s broodmare band in Ireland.

She was consigned by the nascent Elite Sales of Bradley Weisbord and Liz Crow on behalf of owner Robert Masterson, who does not maintain a broodmare band or breeding operation.

“My interest and my love of the sport lies in racing, and my family and I have decided to sell her because we wanted her breeding career to be nurtured by someone who loves that aspect of the business as much as I love the racing aspect,” Masterson said.

A beaming Masterson almost immediately cornered Magnier after he signed the sale ticket for Tepin in a crowded back walking ring at Fasig-Tipton.

“It’s a good deal for both of us,” Masterson told the buyer. “I hope you do well with her.”

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