“IT may have been the first race of 30 at Royal Ascot, but the success of Tepin is likely to prove the most significant of the week. For an established US star to travel to Britain and defy worryingly soft ground and an alien straight – rather than a one or two-turn mile – and succeed where others, notably champion Animal Kingdom, have failed is spectacular and should encourage other big names to follow suit. And what a win: talented Belardo dug as deep as he could but to absolutely no avail,” commented BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght after the first day of the 2016 Festival that started on Tuesday.
The 11-2 chance, ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Mark Casse, is the first American-trained runner to win the race. Tepin was a game winner on rain-softened ground and held on by half a length from Belardo, with Lightning Spear in third.
Trainer Casse said: “I couldn’t even dream this – at the most remarkable place I’ve been to. There were a lot of things stacked against today but in the end her greatness prevailed. A lot of people in the United States will be delighted with this result.”
Tepin’s owner, Robert Masterson, said “the mare is the best thing in the world.”
Tepin won the Breeders’ Cup Mile last year, and Casse said he is planning to take her back there in November.
14.30 BST Queen Anne Stakes (Group 1) 1m – Tepin 11-2
15.05 Coventry Stakes (Group 2) 6f – Caravaggio 13-8 fav
15.40 King’s Stand Stakes (Group 1) 5f – Profitable 4-1
16.20 St James’s Palace Stakes (Group 1) 1m – Galileo Gold 6-1
17.00 Ascot Stakes (Handicap) 2 ½m – Jennies Jewel 6-1
17.35 Windsor Castle Stakes (Listed) 5f – Ardad 20-1
-Extracts from BBC Sport