Anthem set for Lowther
Anthem Alexander is set to line up in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York on Thursday, with connections deciding to swerve the Group 1 Nunthorpe a day later where she would have bumped into older rivals and rivals of the opposite sex for the first time.
The Ed Lynam trained daughter of Starspangledbanner was an extremely impressive winner of the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier in the season and it was thought that she might make the step up to the highest level to take on the likes of stablemate Sole Power, Hot Streak and Shea Shea in the Nunthorpe, a race that she was a general 8/1 second favourite.
Instead she is now set to line up in the Lowther beside the likes of Tiggy Wiggy and Cursory Glance who were also among the 10 entries for the 6 furlong contest. Anthem Alexander, who was forced to miss the Phoenix Stakes earlier in the month due to the soft going, is currently 11/4 for Thursday’s Group 2 and will be making the step up to 6 furlongs for the first time since being beaten on debut at the Curragh in May which was also ran on unfavorably testing ground.
The Richard Hannon trained Tiggy Wiggy was just a neck behind Anthem Alexander at Royal Ascot but has been installed as the 6/4 favourite for Thursday’s contest, having bolted up last time in the Super Sprint at Newbury. Cursory Glance, unbeaten in two starts including the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot is also ahead of Lynam’s charge in the betting at 9/4, whilst Brian Meehan’s Nottingham Maiden winner Sulaalaat is best of the rest at 12/1.
By Kevin Walsh 19/8/14
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