Lowther not Nunthorpe for Anthem Alexander

Anthem Alexander: Royal Ascot winning daughter of Starspangledbanner

Anthem Alexander: had been second favourite for the Nunthorpe at York

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

ANTHEM ALEXANDER will remain against her own age group and sex to contest the Group 2 Pinsent Mason Lowther Stakes at York on Thursday after connections decided against running her in the Group 1 Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes on Friday.

Trained by Eddie Lynam, the two-year-old Anthem Alexander had been just 8-1 to land the Nunthorpe Stakes after an impressive win in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot in June.

Anthem Alexander is one of ten fillies declared for the Lowther Stakes along with the likes of Albany Stakes winner Cursory Glance and Tiggy Wiggy, who had also been under consideration for the Nunthorpe after a scintillating victory at Newbury on her last start.

Owned by Noel O’Callaghan, Anthem Alexander has not run since winning at Royal Ascot having been forced to miss the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes earlier this month due to soft going.

The daughter of leading first-season sire Starspangledbanner had been well fancied to become the first juvenile to win the Nunthorpe since Kingsgate Native in 2007 and the first filly of that age to triumph since Lyric Fantasy in 1992.

Instead Anthem Alexander will run at 6f for the first time on Thursday since being beaten on her debut leaving former winner Sole Power to represent Lynam in the Nunthorpe on Friday.


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