PUNTERS will now have become used to the annual invasion of international runners at Royal Ascot.
Each year, horses from America, Australia and Asia travel to the UK to take part in the most famous Flat racing festival in the world – but who are they and are they worth a bet?
PA:Press Association Yoshida produced a career best performance on his last start
In 2016, US champion Tepin saw off her European rivals to win the Queen Anne Stakes, the opening race of the five-day meeting.
This year, the Bill Mott-trained Yoshida will attempt to land the race again for the Americans.
The four-year-old will line up in the Group 1 off the back of a career best performance.
A Japanese-bred colt, he won the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs last month on his first run of the season.
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He had previously won Grade 3 Hill Prince Stakes and run fifth in the Belmont Derby, and Mott, who trained the great Cigar to win the Dubai World Cup in 1996, said the horse was in good shape.
Mott said: “He shipped very well and he seems to be his normal self.
“Ever since last year as a three-year-old we’ve had this race in the back of our mind, if he continued to improve from three to four.
“We’ve always felt between eight and nine furlongs is his optimum distance.
Yoshida – Career record and latest odds for Royal Ascot
Big-race wins: Grade 1 Turf Classic (2018), Grade 3 Hill Prince Stakes (2018)
Ascot target: Queen Anne Stakes
Latest odds: 16-1
“On his third career start he won a Listed race at Pimlico over a mile and that gives us confidence.
“He always trains very forwardly and he’s a strong horse. Hopefully he’ll be strong at the finish line at Ascot.”
Getty Images – Getty Champion US mare Tepin stunned her rivals to win the Queen Anne in 2016
The Queen Anne Stakes looks wide open this year, with the market currently headed by Lockinge winner Rhododendron at 5-2.
She is certainly not bombproof, though, and given his progressive profile it would be no surprise to see Yoshida run into a place at odds of 16-1.
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