Tiggy Wiggy to Bid for First Group 1

September 10, 2014

Tiggy Wiggy will try to follow up last month’s scintillating Lowther Stakes victory in the Group 1 Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on Saturday, 27 September.

The daughter of Kodiac has been one of the two-year-old sensations of the season and is one of 20 fillies to stand their ground following Tuesday’s forfeit stage for this prestigious £180,000 six furlong contest.

First seen in March, she has won five of her seven starts and still seems to be improving as she handed a six-length thrashing to her 23 rivals in the valuable Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury prior to avenging one of her narrow defeats (when going down by a neck to Anthem Alexander in the Queen Mary Stakes) when beating that rival into third in the Lowther.

Both Anthem Alexander and the Lowther runner-up, Cursory Glance, remain engaged in the Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes, although Cursory Glance, the smooth winner of the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, has an alternative entry in Friday September 26th’s Group 2 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes over seven furlongs.

Vorda, the winner of the 2013 Cheveley Park Stakes crossing the line at the Rowley Mile in Newmarket

Trainer Richard Hannon said: “Tiggy Wiggy definitely goes to Newmarket. We will consider the Prix de l’Abbaye [at Longchamp just a week later] after the Cheveley Park but we want to take on her own generation and sex in a Group 1 first rather than take on the colts and the older horses.

“She is in very good form, is fresh and well and has put on a bit of weight since York. What sets her apart is that she is such a good-moving filly – when other horses strides are shortening she is lengthening.

“I think that it was the best Lowther for a number of years and I said at the time that I thought that the Cheveley Park might turn out to be the same sort of race. If that does prove to be the case I just hope that they finish in the same order.”

Hannon has a second Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes entry in the shape of his Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes winner, Osaila, who is also entered

“Osaila could run too,” Hannon said. “She goes to Ireland for Sunday’s Moyglare Stud Stakes and we will make a decision afterwards.”

The Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes was given a further boost after the news that Andre Fabre is likely to target the race with High Celebrity, an impressive winner of the Prix d’Arenberg at Chantilly yesterday.

Joe Connolly, Managing Director of Connolly’s RED MILLS, said:

“The second Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes is shaping up to be yet another terrific renewal of this exciting six-furlong Group 1 race featuring some of the hottest two-year-old fillies of 2014.

“We at Connolly’s RED MILLS are honoured to be part of the prestigious tradition and the history that is associated with Newmarket Racecourse.

“The Cheveley Park is the highlight of our sponsorship campaign and we are delighted to have this opportunity to support the industry that supports us.

“We are all looking forward to a great day in Newmarket and wish all the connections the very best of luck.”

Vorda, the winner of the 2013 Cheveley Park Stakes

Muraaqaba among 35 left in for Shadwell Rockfel Stakes

Cursory Glance and Osaila are two of 35 possible runners in the £100,000 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes, including the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) winner, Arabian Queen; the German-Throughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes heroine, Muraaqaba; Andre Fabre’s Prix d’Aumale, winner, Shahah, from France; and the Jim Bolger-trained Debutante Stakes runner-up, Lucida, from Ireland.

Hannon is responsible for six of the 52 colts and geldings remaining in Saturday 27 September Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes, a £110,000 event run over a mile.

Picking out two of them, Hannon said: “We think a lot of Basateen and feel that he can bounce back from his Acomb Stakes defeat while Misterioso is very unexposed.”

Aidan O’Brien has already won this race five times and the Irish champion trainer has no less than 16 entries headed by the Group 2-winning duo ofGleneagles and Highland Reel.

Cambridgeshire Meeting hosts Beer Festival

The three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting also sees Newmarket Racecourses stage a Beer Festival in partnership with Cambridge-based Milton Brewery. Racegoers will have the choice of 30 real ales and five ciders from esteemed breweries such as Adnams, Sharp’s, Tring, Son of Sid, Nottingham and Brentwood, as well as some of the best British microbreweries from the local area and further afield.

Bluegrass musician John Crampton will play live in the Beer Festival marquee on all three days and there will also be a band playing after racing on Saturday.  There is also a whole host of children’s entertainment, including a fairground slide and a bungee trampoline.

About the Cambridgeshire Meeting

The three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting, which runs from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th September, has always been one of the great autumn highlights at the Home of Racing, packed with top class racing on the “Course of Champions”.

Thursday features the Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes, Friday’s programme includes a pair of Group 2 contests in the shape of the Shadwell Joel Stakes and the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes, while the Betfred Cambridgeshire Handicap itself and the Connolly’s RED MILLS Cheveley Park Stakes are the crown jewels of this historic meeting on Saturday 27 September.

Ticket prices

Advance tickets are available now at the discounted rate of £14.40 for the Grandstand & Paddock on the Thursday and Friday and £20.70 on the Saturday, while Premier is £22.50 on Thursday and Friday and £36 on Saturday, with bigger discounts for bookings of 10 or more tickets and free entry for all accompanied children under the age of 18.

To book, visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or call 0844 579 3010.

For further information please contact:
Michael Prosser, Head of Racing, Jockey Club East Region, 07802 844 578
Mark Dwyer, Regional PR & Communications Manager, Jockey Club East Region, 07870 350251