The Queen could have seven runners this week as she seeks a 23rd Royal Ascot victor to help fuel her 90th birthday celebrations but she will not be the only one in the royal box hoping to make it into the winner’s enclosure. None, however, performed better than Tepin.
“When you watch his wins, he controls the race from the front or outside the lead”. “But in the end, her greatness prevailed”. I have to tip my hat to (owner) Robert Masterson.
Casse said the 5-year-old mare could be pointed for the Woodbine Mile as a prep for the BC Mile, and mentioned a trip to Dubai next year as a possibility, Tepin having shown she can ship far afield and carry her form without Lasix. In an exciting twist to the meet, it’s not just USA -based horses that American racing fans will recognize with multiple 2015 Breeders’ Cup runners also lining up during the five days of racing. “The biggest thing we had to worry about was the ground”. It’s all her, we just represent her.
“We’ll now build her up to the Breeders’ Cup Mile again”. She was beaten six lengths by the selection at Newmarket but then recorded a fine second to Devonshire in a Group Two at The Curragh.
Air Force Blue has been supplemented for the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot on Friday.
“It’s just wonderful. It’s a great feeling”, the winning jockey said. “I thought it was commendable to come over here and win under such different conditions”.
Ribchester has the score on the board through his 2000 Guineas third to Galileo Gold and that form has been boosted through the St James’s Palace Stakes on Tuesday. The Irish 2,000 Guineas victor, Awtaad, finished third after causing The Gurkha just enough traffic trouble to possibly have impacted the finish.
“The question now is will Prince George be going too”.
“It is my biggest week of the year”, Dettori told The Sun.
She is now set to take the plunge at Royal Ascot, but brilliant stablemate Minding has been scratched from the race. It was Palmer’s first.
When the starting stalls opened, the field initially split into two groups, with Tepin leading a contingent that raced closer to the stands side.
The Ger Lyons-trained Psychedelic Funk just held on in a three-way photo for third.
Caravaggio, trained by Aidan O’Brien for Coolmore owners, is an American-bred colt by Scat Daddy out of the Holy Bull mare Mekko Hokte.
“Profitable beat [favourite] Mecca’s Angel when the pair met in the Temple Stakes at Haydock last month, yet can be backed at more than double his odds”, says NewsBoy of the Daily Mirror. We think she will stay but don’t want the Ribblesdale to collapse with the rain.
ARDAD rounded off the opening day of the royal meeting in superb style, producing a sparkling turn of foot to storm clear of his rivals to land the Windsor Castle Stakes. In 2014, four horses died unbeknown to flamboyant racegoers: Case Statement died from a broken lower leg; Inchila and Sir Graham Wade suffered a fractured pelvis; and Tiger Cliff collapsed and died after the race.
Clerk of the course Chris Stickels said the forecast for the rest of the week was for more showers which will stop the track from improving from its soft rating.
Kirby added: “He’s the best five-furlong horse I’ve ever sat on”.
Breeding rights have been sold to Darley. FOUND, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI) victor, looks like A SHIN HIKARI’s biggest rival.
Caravaggio was always travelling ominously well in the group racing towards the stands rail, but with the horses racing on the other side of the track seemingly having the advantage, Moore chose to make his move early. It was all a bit of fun and I have never bet or supported the actual racing.
Recent Lockinge Stakes victor, Belardo, last year’s Coronation Stakes victor, Ervedya, from France, and Japan’s A Shin Erwin are others to note in what is a very open race. Breeders’ Cup Turf victor Found remains in the field.
Moments after superstar American mare Tepin had powered past Godolphin’s Belardo in the Queen Anne Stakes on Tuesday under Julien Leparoux trainer Mark Casse revealed he had almost endured a heart attack. While wearing previous hats, I have NEVER placed a bet, supported the actual racing, however I decided a year ago to refrain from attending Ascot at all, as I felt it was ethically wrong, especially as I work with animals. Her previous win in France at Group 3 level was impressive.