American Queen of the Turf Tepin was mightily impressive in winning the Queen Anne Stakes on day one of Royal Ascot.
The Mark Casse trained filly was favourite for the race two weeks ago but the worries over the soft ground and the straight mile saw her drift heavily.
There were no worries for Tepin though, who soared to the front one furlong out and held on well to win for the first time in Europe at the first attempt.
Arguably the race of the day however was the St James’s Palace Stakes which involved 2015’s three 2000 Guineas winners.
The Gurkha, French 2000 Guineas hero, went off favourite with Ryan Moore on board but was given too much to do at the end, along with Irish 2000 Guineas winner Awtaad, as both couldn’t get near Frankie Dettori and Galileo Gold.
The British 2000 Guineas winner led from the front and Dettori is the master of Royal Ascot runs to that note.
Hugo Palmer’s colt is now considered the best three-year-old on the planet and ended rumours that soft ground would be an issue.
Elsewhere, Clive Cox’s Profitable held on to win the King’s Stand Stakes Group 1.
Adam Kirby, who chose to come down the middle of the track to find the best ground, stormed to the lead one furlong out and held on.
Favourite Mecca’s Angel struggled to make an impact on the race.
Ryan Moore did manage a win on the opening day of Royal Ascot in the shape of Caravaggio, who was mightily impressive in the Coventry Stakes.
Jennies Jewel won the Ascot Stakes at 6/1 and finally Ardad landed the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes to end a glorious opening day at Royal Ascot.
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