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  • 14:30 Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes 6f

  • (Fillies' Group 2) £150,000 added 2yo 9 ran
  • Winner £85,065 2nd £32,250 3rd £16,140 4th £8,040
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 8.90s
  • Off time: 14:31:11

Tiggy Wiggy's Lowther triumph

Last Updated: 21/08/14 4:53pm

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Tiggy Wiggy: Clear-cut winner.

Tiggy Wiggy: Clear-cut winner.

Tiggy Wiggy posted a new track record under Richard Hughes in a devastating front-running performance that saw her blast away her rivals to win The Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes.

Arriving on the back of her smart display when blazing a trail out in front in the Weatherby's Super Sprint at Newbury last month, Tiggy Wiggy (15/8F) set out in very much the same manner, quickly seizing the lead as they broke from the stalls.

Chief rivals Anthem Alexander and Cursory Glance, respective winners of the Queen Mary Stakes and Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot respectively, had no excuses as they were positioned perfectly behind the leader as they approached two out, but the winner simply found more and extended again to score.

Only Cursory Glance (11/4) really looked like challenging the eventual winner but she wandered left towards the middle of the track as jockey Andrea Atzeni made his move.

In any case, neither could reel in the game Tiggy Wiggy who pulled out more to come home one and a half lengths in front of Cursory Glance, with Anthem Alexander (5/2) well clear of the rest in third.

Winning trainer Richard Hannon had considered taking on older rivals in the Nunthorpe Stakes instead of taking this route, but was pleased to have chosen to remain against her age group.

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"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."

Hughes said: "She gets a little bit uptight (before races), but she lets out that huge fly-leap and then it's out of her system. She's as good as gold then. She's worth the hassle.

"I just sat on her there and held her mane and all I could hear was the lads slapping the shoulders off the horses behind me.

"She travels so easy and she is better when the ground is a bit slower than that. She got the six (furlongs) well. The last 50 yards I was hoping the line would come." 

While disappointed at meeting defeat, Roger Varian said he was still pleased with the performance of Cursory Glance.

He said: "I'm disappointed she didn't win, but I'm delighted with the performance. The first three are obviously very good and we think she will improve when she goes up in trip, which makes her very exciting.

"We'll get her home first, but she's well entered up.

"She's very classy and has always shown us that speed, but she looks like next year she'll go a mile and we'll probably step her up to seven furlongs this year as a two-year-old."

Alexander Anthem's owner Noel O'Callaghan said: "It's got a bit loose on top and she just didn't quicken up like usual in that ground.

"I've no problem with the trip, and she'll still go for the Cheveley Park. We've certainly not lost faith in her yet."

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