Champion Tepin (Bernstein) is officially Royal Ascot bound following her five-furlong breeze in 1:01.60 (15/27) at Churchill Saturday morning without Lasix or her nasal strip. With regular rider Julien Leparoux in the irons, the Robert Masterson runner was clocked in splits of :12.60 and :36.60 with a six-furlong gallop out in 1:14.60.
Neither Lasix or nasal strips are allowed at Ascot and trainer Mark Casse reported that the mare was breathing a bit heavier than normal after the work, leaving Ascot plans up in the air. However, Masterson told the TDN late Saturday evening that they had decided to stick to their plan to attend the Royal meeting.
“We are planning to take the filly to Royal Ascot and run in the [G1] Queen Anne [S. June 14],” Masterson confirmed Saturday night. “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 try it and see how she does.”