American mare Tepin is set to be the headline act on the opening day of Royal Ascot 2016 after being confirmed as an entry for the Queen Anne Stakes.
The impressive Breeders’ Cup Mile winner is set for her first trip outside of America and is one of 40 initial entries in the Group One.
A battle with last year’s winner Solow is set to be a mouth-watering occasion, with names such as Time Test, Limato and Arod also having initial entries.
Bringing the major overseas horses from around the world to Royal Ascot is what makes the meeting unique and this year is set to be the stage for more global horses than ever before.
“It’s not cast in stone that she’ll run at Royal Ascot but it has been a plan for the owner,” said Nick Smith, Ascot’s Director of Racing and Communications.
“They’ve been pretty public about it - since the Breeders’ Cup. And that’s huge for us - [attracting] an American-trained Breeders’ Cup winner on turf who was that impressive.”
“Animal Kingdom and California Chrome were both Kentucky Derby winners who also went on grass. Tepin has already proved herself at the highest level and she’s not a manufactured turf horse.
“So this is a different proposition, and we really hope she would be good enough to, if not win the race, to go very, very close."
“I can’t think of a better American turf challenger."
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