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Mighty American mare Tepin has run her last race

19 Apr 2017

Connections says last year's Queen Anne Stakes winner has lost her zest for racing

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Tepin gained a win for America in the QIPCO British Champions Series at Royal Ascot. Picture: Racingfotos.com

American-trained mare Tepin, who won the Queen Anne Stakes last year, has been retired.

The Mark Casse-trained six-year-old added flavour to the QIPCO British Champions Series last year with her victory at Royal Ascot and a defence of her crown had been mooted.

However, her owner, Robert Masterson, believes she has lost her interest in racing and says the time is right to call time on her career.

Masterson told the Thoroughbred Daily News: “There is nothing physically wrong with her. She just isn’t interested in running any more.

“There are no plans to breed her this year. It’s too late, and we’ve not made any decision on her future.

“After she refused to work at Palm Meadows, she was moved to Churchill to see if a change of venue would improve her attitude towards racing, and she basically has no interest in it any more.

“She was always an enthusiastic worker, and enthusiastic in the mornings and about racing, and she is not any more.”

Tepin won 13 of her 23 races, six of which came at the highest level, and earned almost £3 million in prize-money.

Norman Casse, assistant trainer to his father, said on Twitter: “Tepin took us places and achieved things we had only dreamt about. We will be forever grateful. Happy Retirement – All Hail The Queen.”