Anthem Alexander To Gain Revenge Over Tiggy Wiggy
Cheveley Park Stakes
All eyes will be on Newmarket on Saturday when the classy Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes (3.10) for juvenile fillies takes place over 6f
…a race that may also have a big say in next year’s Classics.
Currently 25/1 for the 1,000 Guineas in May next year, Richard Hannon’s Tiggy Wiggy could be a lot shorter should she come home in style on Saturday, which may well be the case if the 11/10 odds are to be believed for her winning at the weekend – for the record, fancied runners have a good record in this race…
Of the last 10 Cheveley Park winners…
10 returned stalls 6 or lower
10 made the top two last time
8 returned 4/1 or shorter (40%) – others were 2-84 (2%)
A winner of 5 of her 7 races to date, Tiggy Wiggy was beaten 1/4l by Anthem Alexander (4/1) at Royal Ascot (5f, good to firm), before gaining compensation via a valuable sales race at Newbury, prior to landing a Group 2 at York last month (6f, good). The manner in which she quickened at York when gaining revenge on Anthem Alexander to the tune of 2l suggests it will take a good one to lower her colours at HQ.
With the score standing at 1-1 between Tiggy Wiggy and Anthem Alexander, however, each-way backers may think there is value in the 4/1 about the latter, especially if the ground stays on the firm side.
Edward Lynam’s filly may have found the ground a touch loose when defeated at York, and it would be no surprise for her return to her dazzling summer form – should the rain not arrive.
The form of the aforementioned duo’s battle at York is also the standout form from Saturday’s field, as the runner-up from the Knavesmire, Cursory Glance, came out to win the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes. It’s worth noting, though, that French fillies have a superb record in this race having won three of the last seven renewals, which points up the chances of Andre Fabre’s High Celebrity (9/2).
Although beaten in a Group 2 at Newmarket in July (6f, soft), High Celebrity bounced back to show improvement in winning a Group 3 at Chantilly several weeks ago (5.5f, good to soft). The question is the ground on Saturday, as she may be at her best when the mud is flying. We’ll see.
There are a host unexposed contenders to consider, including John Gosden’s, Tendu, who has been respected in the market this week and is now 6/1, considering she only won a Kempton maiden earlier in the month (6f, Polytrack). This late-maturing type has taken a while to come to hand, but made up lost time when clocking a fast time to win by 5l that day. She barley came off the bridle and is very much in the “could be anything” category.
Of the bigger prices, there could be worse 12/1 shots than David Simcock’s Terror (10/1), who won her only race in a very fast time to the tune of 10l. She is clearly no slouch, and another step forward would put her in contention.
With the ground set to stay dry, there could be some merit in Anthem Alexander gaining revenge on Tiggy Wiggy for her defeat at York last time when the ground was loose.