Tepin: favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal AscotPICTURE: Jessie Holmes/EquiSport
Tepin heading to Ascot for Queen Anne Stakes
CONNECTIONS of Queen Anne Stakes favourite Tepin have decided to make the trip to Royal Ascot despite concerns over the five-year-old mare racing without Lasix or a nasal strip.
Tepin is a best-priced 9-2 favourite with Sky Bet for the royal meeting opener, for which she has been under serious consideration since her success in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
There was doubt regarding her participation at Ascot on Saturday as trainer Mark Casse reported the star mare to be breathing a bit heavier than normal after her work though owner Bob Masterson confirmed late on Saturday night they plan to attend the royal meeting with Tepin.
'All systems are go'
Masterson told the Thoroughbred Daily News: "We are planning to take the filly to Royal Ascot and run in the Queen Anne. Right now, all systems are go and everybody is on board.
"She obviously has some things to overcome that are different than the way she is running here, but we would like to go and try it and see how she does."
Queen Anne contenders
The prolific mare's possible rivals in the Group 1 mile contest may include Jean-Claude Rouget's Coronation Stakes scorer Ervedya and recent Lockinge Stakes winner Belardo.
Time Test, who is as short as 5-1 for the meeting opener, is more likely to contest the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes the following day with Roger Charlton favouring the ten furlong race for his progressive son of Dubawi.