Ervedya: has excelled when the ground has come up soft
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By Peter Scargill 8:10AM 13 JUN 2016
ERVEDYA is the new favourite in places for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday as doubts persist about the ability of star US mare Tepin to show her best on the soft going and over a straight mile.
Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget for owner/breeder the Aga Khan, Ervedya was successful in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last year and has only been beaten once in six starts when ‘soft’ has been in the going description.
With the straight course at Ascot good to soft and with more rain forecast, money has come for proven soft-ground performers Ervedya and Belardo with Ervedya now the 4-1 favourite, and Tepin out to 9-2 in places, including on Betfair, alongside Belardo.
Connections of Tepin have insisted she can handle rain-softened going and the straight course and Ryan Moore, who rides Cougar Mountain in the Queen Anne, believes Tepin will be hard to beat if she is not inconvenienced by conditions.
“The rain is obviously good news for the likes of Belardo, Endless Drama and Kodi Bear but for me the race revolves around Tepin,” Moore wrote in his Betfair blog. “For me, she is the real deal and by far the best horse in the race.
“I know that she has won on soft in the States, but testing ground on this course will be far more attritional than anything she has encountered. But she has by far the best form, and if she handles conditions then she will be hard to beat.”