Tepin: has won nine of her last 11 starts
PICTURE: Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos
By David Baxter 11:23AM 10 JUN 2016
CONFIDENCE is growing in the Tepin camp as she bids to win the Queen Anne for America at Royal Ascot next Tuesday.
Connections have already dismissed concerns about slower ground being less than ideal, and while a straight mile does pose a different challenge, the feeling is the five-year-old is equal to the task.
Norman Casse, son and assistant to Mark Casse, said on Friday: “She is effective round a turn but we think she’s a pretty special miler and it doesn’t matter how she does it. Julien [Leparoux, jockey] has been watching the races and has a good idea tactically of where he wants to be and what he wants to do, which gives us a lot of confidence.”
A four-time Grade 1 winner, including the Breeders’ Cup Mile last October, Tepin heads the Queen Anne market at 7-2, but the burden of being favourite is not adding any pressure.
Casse, who was planning to visit Stonehenge on Friday, added: “You come over here and you’ll probably be favourite but at the same time everybody knows it will be a tall task.
“We want to do something special and something that’s never been done before. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s not about the money.”