Breeders’ Cup: Royal regrets as Tepin trainer misses Queen

Tepin stormed to victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royak Ascot

PICTURE:Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) Postcard from California: Royal regrets after Tepin trainer misses the Queen
By Tom Kerr at Santa Anita 7:50AM 3 NOV 2016

TEPIN's trainer Mark Casse has been musing upon the possibility of bringing his brilliant mare back to Royal Ascot and the media might have played some small part in encouraging that return after persistent questioning cost him a chance to meet the Queen.

After Tepin, who faces Limato in the Breeders' Cup Mile on Saturday, stormed to victory in the Queen Anne Stakes her trainer spent at least 45 minutes patiently answering every query lobbed at him by a British and international media in awe of Tepin's achievement.

"Our two regrets about Royal Ascot were that one we didn't get to stay longer in England and that I missed the Queen because I was being very kind and doing all the interviews," Casse recalled.

"After they were done I looked up and said 'when do we meet the Queen?' and they said 'you missed it!'

"I think she would rather meet Tepin than me though."

Casse clearly relished his trip to Ascot but remains noncommittal about a return with Tepin next June, with a potential run in Dubai first on the agenda.

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"I rule nothing out," he said. "I think if she gives us a big performance there is a chance she could go to Dubai and then anything else would be up to [owner] Mr Masterson. But we had a good time at Royal Ascot and he did especially so I wouldn't rule that out.

"I still don't know that Royal Ascot has sunk in. Five months later it is still amazing – it was a whirlwind going over.

"I kind of thought we were going over there to give a good showing and she had so many things against her.

"It's funny, with things like this you don't get to enjoy them so much when they're happening because it's so intense – you actually enjoy them more afterwords.

"I can't lie, I still watch a few replays, every now and then when I'm feeling a little bit down I'll watch her Royal Ascot win."

Frosted has the 'wow' factor too

The Breeders' Cup Classic has been painted as something of a two-horse race between the world's top-rated horses, California Chrome and Arrogate, but the race has a record of throwing up surprises.

The obvious contender to take on the big two is Frosted, who at about 7-1 is not exactly an outsider but has certainly taken a back seat in the pre-race build-up.

Yet Frosted is capable of just as spectacular stuff as California Chrome or Arrogate, as anyone who saw the Met Mile back in June knows. Frosted won the handicap Grade 1 by a record 14 lengths.

"It's the best performance by a horse that I've ever seen almost," trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. "It was just a wow race. Unbelievable for him to be a length in front at the quarter pole and win by 14 drawing off is pretty crazy."

Frosted comes into the race fresh after a surprise defeat at Saratoga in September and McLaughlin pointed out that represents a similar preparation to the Met Mile.

"We gave him 70 days from the Dubai World Cup [in which he finished fifth] to that race," he said. "We're giving him 60 days this time."

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