Trainer Mark Casse admits he was overjoyed with his filly Tepin and the scene of a historic win in the Queen Anne Stakes on Day One at Royal Ascot.
The Casse trained Queen of the Turf has been mightily impressive in America but doubts remained over the straight mile and soft ground at Ascot.
Neither were an issue though as the five-year-old rushed to the front down the centre of the track half a furlong out and never looked likely to be beaten.
Casse was quick to thank everyone who has helped his filly achieve what she has and admits he couldn’t dream of this situation.
"Thanks to everybody. They have all been so kind and it has just been a first class experience. We truly appreciate it,” he said after the race.
“Everyone has been just wonderful with us. It is something to remember.
“I couldn't even dream anything like this. To be here and run at the most remarkable place I have ever been and actually have a winner here with a great horse like Tepin, I mean what can I say, it is so special.”
The plan now for Tepin is to head for the Breeders’ Cup: “"The plan would be to now go back for the Breeders' Cup Mile (in November) but at the moment I am not sure where she will go."
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