Royal Ascot Hospitality 2016

Tepin ready to thrill the crowds at Royal Ascot

Breeders’ Cup Mile superstar Tepin is all set to thrill the crowds at Royal Ascot 2016 after coming through her prep run in fine style.

The biggest meeting of the flat racing season is now just two weeks away, with the world’s best horses preparing for five unrivalled days of action at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire.

The supreme mare is one of the world’s leading horses and is a four-time Group 1 winner; she took a five-furlong contest at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning and owner Robert Masterson has confirmed its all systems go for Royal Ascot.

The five-year-old is the 9-2 ante-post favourite for the Queen Anne Stakes the opening race of Royal Ascot 2016, a race won by the likes of Frankel, Canford Cliffs and Goldikova in recent years.

Masterson said: “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.”

Manatee is a Ascot Gold Cup possible after solid run in France

French training legend Andre Fabre could send Manatee to the Ascot Gold Cup on Royal Ascot Ladies Day after a solid run in Sunday’s Prix Vicomtesse Vigier.

The Godolphin owned five-year-old was a Group 2 winner in 2015 when scoring over a a-mile-and-a-quarter, now he could step up massively in trip for one of the biggest races in the world.

On Sunday he moved up to a trip around two-miles and thrilled his connections by finishing third, just a couple of months after finishing sixth in the Dubai Gold Cup.

Godolphin’s French representative Lisa-Jane Graffard said: “We were delighted with Manatee’s run. It was a semi-comeback and he really needed the outing.

“At the moment, the trainer is strongly considering running Manatee in the Gold Cup, but we will see how the horse is after this performance and consult.”

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