Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes
|Group 1, Newmarket 15:10
6f, Class 1
|Saturday 27th September 2014|
1 Tiggy Wiggy 6/4F
2 Anthem Alexander 5/1
3 High Celebrity 9/4
NR: Explosive Lady (IRE)
9 ran Distances: ¾l, 1¼l, 1½l
TIME 1m 11.40s (slow by 1.30s)
Tiggy Wiggy blasts away from Cheveley Park Stakes rivals at Newmarket
Tiggy Wiggy added a first Group One victory to her impressive CV in the Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.
As there is no guarantee such a pacey and precocious juvenile will maintain such form as a three-year-old, the Richard Hannon stable are likely to take one more chance during 2014 and aim for a quick comeback against Europe's best sprinters in next Sunday's Prix de l'Abbaye.
Remarkably, Tiggy Wiggy (6-4 favourite) made her debut on the opening day of the Flat season, registering the first of what are now six wins, and this latest triumph was again achieved in her typically aggressive style from the front as she moved two-one up in an evolving rivalry with Anthem Alexander.
The pair first met at Royal Ascot when the Irish filly justified warm market support in the Queen Mary Stakes, but Tiggy Wiggy subsequently turned the Super Sprint into a procession and earned her revenge when taking first spot in the Lowther Stakes.
Richard Hughes always seemed to have the race under control, and guided his mount three-quarters of a length clear of Anthem Alexander.
Should connections decide to supplement her for next week's Abbaye (she is 7-2 favourite with Coral and RaceBets) it would be a superhuman stretch for the champion jockey to make the scheduled weight of 8st 2lb.
Hannon said: "She was bought for £41,000 and is a very good filly - this has shown you can buy a horse for that money and get a top-class one. She's the two-year-old of the year to me, but she would be.
"I think the owners are very keen to go to Paris. I think the Abbaye comes at a good time - there are no real Breeders' Cup options - so if she's in great form then why not keeping going.
"We'll have a look at her when she gets back, but I know what she'll be like. I don't know what weight she's got, but I'm sure Hughesie will try to ride her. We'll work something out nearer the time.
"This is her year, she's pretty quick. Getting a mile next year (for the 1000 Guineas) is probably going to be a problem, but we'll worry about next year then. The new race at Royal Ascot (three-year-old sprint) gives her an option next year, which she didn't have before."
Hughes said: "She was brilliant and what she did today was settle really well. I got a very soft lead, I didn't increase the pace until probably 20 metres before the two-pole. She won quite easily, she does more than that in a morning.
"She's definitely four inches bigger than she was in the spring, she's turning into a beautiful filly and it's all credit to the team."
Eddie Lynam has had a terrific run with his two sprinters Sole and Slade Power, and had no complaints with Anthem Alexander.
He said: "She's run a wonderful race and been beaten by a true champion. She's as big as a tree and can only improve. The three fillies who were 1-2-3 in the Lowther at York, they are the best three fillies in Europe. They are different class.
"We will send her on her holidays and then the plan is the Royal Ascot Group One - we're going to keep her sprinting."
Andre Fabre's French visitor High Celebrity took a keen early hold but ran on for third, having been a little short of room at the two-furlong marker.
Fabre said: "He (Maxime Guyon) was blaming the undulations, he could never get her in front of him - she was always changing legs and getting a bit unbalanced. She finished all right.
"The plan is to have a little rest and then we will see for next year. I was planning to come back for the Guineas but I am a bit worried because she has the experience of Newmarket. We will see. She might prefer a flatter course, but that does not leave that many options."
Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes (Fillies' Group 1)
£180,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
|1st||(3)||Tiggy Wiggy (IRE) 6/4F
|2nd||(1)||¾||Anthem Alexander (IRE) 5/1
P J Smullen
|3rd||(5)||1¼||High Celebrity (FR) 9/4
|4th||(4)||1½||Terror (IRE) 11/1
|9-0||D M Simcock|
|9-0||J H M Gosden|
|6th||(9)||4½||Arabian Queen 25/1
S De Sousa
|9-0||D R C Elsworth|
|7th||(2)||4||Tongue Twista 100/1
|9-0||N P Littmoden|
|8th||(10)||hd||Amaze Me 150/1
|9-0||N P Littmoden|
|9th||(8)||1||Zuhoor Baynoona (IRE) 33/1
R L Moore
|9-0||R A Fahey|
|WN||(6)||Explosive Lady (IRE) 33/1
|9-0||K R Burke|