Tiggy Wiggy triumphs in the Lowther
Tiggy Wiggy again showed her blistering pace to take the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York in a course record breaking time. The Richard Hannon trained filly again made all, as she had done when impressively taking the Super Sprint at Newbury last time out and although this was her first start beyond the minimum distance, she also showed some good staying prowess to see off main market rivals Cursory Glance and Anthem Alexander.
Sent off the well supported 15/8 favourite, Tiggy Wiggy was fired straight into the lead by Richard Hughes and although her jockey had to shake up his charge a furlong out, she had built up enough of a lead to hold on. Cursory Glance and Anthem Alexander the Albany Stakes and Queen Mary Stakes winners last time respectively, ran game races but just bumped into a very smart filly who seems to be improving with every start.
Winning trainer Hannon said: “The obvious route now is to go to the Cheveley Park at Newmarket and then possibly to the Prix de l’Abbaye, where the soft ground would probably suit her,” he said. “That’s the time we’ll take on the older horses, if at all. There was no point doing it here.
“We could actually have run in the sales race as she was bought at Doncaster but we took the money at Newbury and when you have a filly like this the black type is more important than the cash.
“She’s never going to stay a mile, so we aren’t looking at the Guineas for her. In fact, the obvious race is the new three-year-olds’ sprint at Royal Ascot. She’d miss out a whole season otherwise.
“She’s very, very good. She’s always been the sort of filly who draws a gasp and I thought she looked magnificent going out on to the course.
“We haven’t worked her since she won at Newbury. In fact, we don’t see much of her at home at all, as she just keeps herself fit. But to take the time off the clock like she has done today confirms that she is very smart indeed and this was as good a Lowther as there has been for many years – a Group One in all but name.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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