Alexander looks great in Lowther Stakes
Anthem Alexander looks good value to defy a penalty and confirm Royal Ascot form with Tiggy Wiggy in the Lowther Stakes at York today (2.30).
The Edward Lynam trained filly ran a promising race on debut when a not knocked about sixth of 13 at the Curragh, and showed the benefit of that experience when slamming Puck Fair by seven lengths at Tipperary.
The daughter of Starspangledbanner cruised into contention on the bridle two from home before storming clear under a hands and heels ride.
The ease with which Anthem Alexander travelled into the contestbefore instantly putting it to bed when askedsuggested she was well-above average, and that view was confirmed last time out when the two-year-old landed the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Despite being slowly away, Athem Alexander quickly made up the lost ground and was soon travelling powerfully on the heels of the leaders before being produced to lead inside the final two furlongs and showing a good turn of foot to beat Tiggy Wiggy by a neck.
To me Anthem Alexander was idling once she hit the front and had plenty left in the locker, and despite having to shoulder a 3lb penalty for that Group 2 success I fancy her to confirm the form with the runner-up.
Tiggy Wiggy has since come out an bolted up under top weight in the Super Sprint at Newbury, a performance which Timeform rated one of the best by a two-year-old filly in 25 years.
There is little doubt that it was a very taking peformance by Richard Hannon’s daughter of Kodiac, but to me she had the run of the race when beaten by Anthem Alexander at Royal Ascot as well as having the more experience.
Whether she is open to as much progession as Anthem Alexander is questionable, and I don’t think Tiggy Wiggy is entitled to be a much shorter price for this than the upwardly mobile and lightly-raced Irish raider.