Tepin heads Queen Anne entries:
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. 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 three 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 are 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 contended 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.