Tiggy Wiggy: make it five wins from seven starts at York
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: York, Thursday
Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes (Group 2) 6f, fillies
TIGGY WIGGY showed battling qualities to match her blinding speed to make it five wins from seven starts in what looked a high-class renewal of the Lowther Stakes.
Out like a greyhound from the starting stalls, Tiggy Wiggy was immediately into a clear lead and had enough left in the tank to repel the challenges of market rivals Cursory Glance and Anthem Alexander inside the final furlong.
Her unrivalled early speed helped Tiggy Wiggy lower York’s two-year-old 6f track record, stopping the clock in 1m 8.90s, faster than the previous best of 1m 9.28s and completing the course two seconds faster than Mubtaghaa (1m 10.97s) achieved in the opening sales race.
In victory, Tiggy Wiggy also gained her revenge on third-home Anthem Alexander, who defeated the winner at Royal Ascot in the Queen Mary Stakes, for which she had to shoulder a 3lb penalty and she lost little in defeat.
The same can be said for runner-up Cursory Glance, who stuck to the task well to chase the winner home in the final furlong and remains at the head of next year’s 1,000 Guineas market.
Fractious in the parade ring, Tiggy Wiggy was expertly maneuvered to post by Hughes, who was keen to tack across from stall two as his mount took a length out of the field as the gates pinged open.
Although challenged within the final furlong, Hughes never appeared anxious despite Tiggy Wiggy being previously unproven at 6f and she had plenty more to give when he finally asked for a finishing effort.
“I just sat on her and held her mane,” said Hughes, playing down his part in the win. “She travelled ever so easy but changed her legs a good few times and I think she’s better when the ground is a bit slower.
“She got the six furlongs well but we thought she would.”
Paddy Power introduced the winner at 6-1 for the Prix de l’Abbaye but winning trainer Richard Hannon suggested it would be the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes against her own sex next.
Commenting on Cursory Glance, trainer Roger Varian said: “Of course I’m disappointed not to win but I’ve got to be really pleased with her performance.
“She ran a huge race and I think we’re going to see a better filly when she’s upped in trip.”
Cursory Glance is the general 12-1 favourite for the Guineas.
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