Jockey Julien Leparoux teamed up with the Mark Casse-trained mare Tepin – a Royal Ascot winner for an American stable – to win the opening race on day one of the 2016 meeting, the Group One Queen Anne Stakes.
Leparoux, 32, who was born in France, but is based in California, is no stranger to big-race success in the USA, but it was his first winner in Britain.
He said of Tepin: “She had a lot to prove, because we know she is a champion in America, but she had work to do coming here.
“It’s just amazing. We knew we came here with a good chance, but Tepin overcame a lot things today. She is a champion and proved it today.
“She had to work for it today. The last 100 metres was a long way to go and I am glad we got it done.
“It is the prestige. I have got to say thank you to the whole team; Mark Casse, Norman, Mr Masterson and his wife, but also everybody at the barn.”
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