Tepin seeks Ascot win as she heads for the Queen Anne 2016 renewal.
As one of the most prominent of the Flat Meetings hosted in the UK, Royal Ascot is renowned for displaying a diverse array of exceptional runners from all over, giving it the status of being a cosmopolitan affair.
However this year is shaping up to be even more dynamic due to a record number of overseas competitors, in fact 164 out of the 394 runners are from foreign entries.
Not only is this eight up from the 2013 races, but a record number of 35 runners are from outside of Europe, the highest it’s been since 2011 when only 27 were non-European participants.
Even though there are many of these runners at the fore of Ascot news, the US star Tepin, a five year old bay mare, is generating a lot of interest among punters.
The emerging horse has made a large impact on the sporting world since her success in the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Since then the mare has taken part in a whole host of respected races, with several of her performances leaving spectators taken aback by her speed.
Tepin's Career To Date
She started 2016 with the first of her 4 victories in the Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes (Grade 3) (4yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (4yo+) (1m110yds) 1m½f Firm at Tampa Bay Downs on 13th February
The following month she won the Hillsborough Stakes (Grade 2) (4yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (4yo+) 1m1f Firm at the same track.
In mid April she triumphed in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (Grade 1) (4yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (4yo+) (1m110yds) 1m½f Firm at Keeneland, blitzing a quality field by 5 lengths.
Her last race before Ascot was at Churchill Downs where she demolished a quality field in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes (Grade 2) (4yo+ Fillies & Mares) (Turf) (4yo+) 1m Firm.
Her trainer Mark Casse was cautious of her chances in that Ascot’s straight mile going uphill would be a challenge for Tepin but was optimistic after she coped with the 1m 1f stamina test of the Hillsborough Stakes.
There is also evidence of stamina in her progeny Sire:Bernstein (USA) (8.5f)
Dam:Life Happened (USA)
Dam's Sire:Stravinsky (USA) (7.4f)
As it turned out Tepin not only mastered the testing Ascot course she won the Queen Anne Stakes (British Champions Series) (Group 1)(Class 1) (4yo+) 1m Str on soft going with something in hand, denying the 9/2 joint favourite by half a length.
Previously her career really took off when she won the Breeders Cup Mile at Keeneland in 2015 in the process beating the Andre Fabre trained favourites, Make Believe and Esoterique.
Tepin's victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Mile was a remarkable and historic moment in horse racing. The Breeders' Cup Mile is a prestigious Grade 1 race that attracts top turf milers from around the world. The 2015 edition took place at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.
Tepin, the five-year-old mare trained by Mark Casse, entered the Breeders' Cup Mile as one of the contenders, but she faced a highly competitive field. What made her victory particularly impressive was the fact that she defeated a strong international field of male competitors.
Under the guidance of jockey Julien Leparoux, Tepin demonstrated her class and versatility. The race unfolded beautifully for her, as she made a strong move down the stretch to claim victory. Her performance showcased a combination of speed, stamina, and a competitive spirit that set her apart.
Tepin's win was significant not only because she beat the boys but also because it solidified her status as one of the top turf milers in the world. Her success in the Breeders' Cup Mile helped elevate her reputation and brought well-deserved attention to her connections, including trainer Mark Casse and owner Robert E. Masterson.
Following her triumph in the Breeders' Cup Mile, Tepin continued to compete at a high level, earning accolades and fans around the globe. Her success in 2015 was a testament to her talent and the skillful training and handling by the Casse team.
Tepin's victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile remains a memorable moment in the history of the sport, especially given the challenges of facing a top-notch field in one of the most prestigious races on the racing calendar.
In fact Keeneland turned out to be her favourite track, winning there 3 times over a career that realized 11 Stakes wins and amassing £2,905,954 in prize money.
With such esteem already linked to the name, it is unsurprising that her involvement in this year's Royal Ascot is causing quite a stir, for the runner could greatly alter the course of the race she enters.
Having easily gained four wins in 2016 already, trainer Mark Casse is targeting the opening day Queen Anne Stakes to add yet another win to his name.
This latest of rumours is so exciting because, although Casse has run many of his horses in the UK before, he has never had one running at Ascot. With all the hype surrounding how many overseas contenders there are, mixed with the news that Tepin is among the names, Casse’s star is the latest tip put forward by many bookmakers.
Nonetheless, while the US star is an inescapable favourite for many observers, there are many other runners that are also packing a punch when it comes to their odds.
Two of the names that were expected to provide a nail biting display are USA contender Undrafted and Australian grey bay gelding Chautauqua. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is one of the most hotly contested of the races at Ascot, with a prize of £600,000, therefore any action on the tracks is bound to be entertaining.
However, this year it looks set to be even bigger, with the aforementioned and 42 others all focused on taking the title home.
Tepin’s extraordinary career ended in 2016 after one further win back on home soil at Woodbine in the Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes (Grade 1) (3yo+) (Turf)
(3yo+) 1m Good
She retired from racing to take up duties as a broodmare producing the filly Grateful currently in training with Aidan O’Brien in Ireland.