Tepin: connections say she handles softer ground
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By Peter Scargill 7:00PM 8 JUN 2016
UNSETTLED weather in the run-up to Royal Ascot is failing to unsettle connections of Tepin, the star international attraction for the Queen Anne Stakes, the first race on the opening day of the meeting on Tuesday.
Showers are forecast most days between now and the start of Royal Ascot meaning there is a chance the going could be on the softer side of good for the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes, a scenario thought to be less than ideal for US raider Tepin.
However, while softer ground is less preferred to firmer ground for Tepin, Norman Casse, son and assistant to trainer Mark Casse, pointed to the five-year-old’s seven-length win in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes last year as a sign of the mare’s adaptability.
He said: “I don’t think [the rain is] something we’d be concerned about. Ideally she’d want a faster turf course just to keep everything similar to what she’s used to. But then probably her best performance came before her run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile when she won the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland and it had rained for three days straight before that race.
“So we know she handles the surface and it’s not like we’re coming over here with questions about that.”
The going at Ascot is currently good after the course had 4mm of rain on Tuesday night.
Speaking on Wednesday, just as it was starting to rain again, Stickels said: “Thundery showers were forecast consistently yesterday and today, but I think we were lucky to have only 4mm looking at what happened elsewhere in the country.
“We’re getting this sharp shower now and could get some more this evening, then tomorrow looks fine, as does Friday until the evening and after that it’s generally unsettled.”
Read more about Tepin’s Royal Ascot preparations in Thursday’s Racing Post – available first on iPad 8pm Wednesday