Tepin team confident of Queen Anne glory

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 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.

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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.”

 
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