Sunday 28 December 2014

Anthem to skip Power clash and bid for Lowther honours

Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30

Anthem Alexander is just third favourite at 11/4 to emerge on top against fellow juveniles in the Lowther Stakes. Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images
Anthem Alexander is just third favourite at 11/4 to emerge on top against fellow juveniles in the Lowther Stakes. Photo: Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Eddie Lynam is set to eschew a bold tilt at the Nunthorpe Stakes with the classy Anthem Alexander after declaring his Royal Ascot heroine for tomorrow's Lowther Stakes.

Despite having been her stable-mate Sole Power's closest market rival for Friday's five-furlong York feature, Anthem Alexander is just third favourite at 11/4 to emerge on top against fellow juveniles tomorrow.

That is partly to do with the game Queen Mary victor stepping up to six furlongs for a first time since suffering her only defeat when fifth of 13 on her Curragh debut in May. Pat Smullen's mount must also concede a three-pound penalty to her nine rivals, which include Richard Hannon's Queen Mary runner-up Tiggy Wiggy and Roger Varian's unbeaten Cursory Glance.

Tiggy Wiggy has been installed the 7/4 favourite for the Group Two following her recent Newbury rout, while Cursory Glance, which won the Albany over tomorrow's trip at the royal meeting, is next best at 5/2. There are half-a-dozen other Irish-trained declarations for the second day of the prestigious Ebor Festival, with Aidan O'Brien's Tapestry and Venus De Milo among six charged with conquering the exceptional Taghrooda in the Yorkshire Oaks.

Cursory Glance's attendance at York will rule her out of Sunday's Group Two Debutante Stakes at the Curragh. However, there is still some intriguing activity in store at headquarters on what is a two-day trials fixture ahead of next month's inaugural Irish Champions Weekend.

Most notably, the Palmerstown Irish St Leger Trial could feature Ballydoyle's Gold Cup hero Leading Light, one of 20 horses left in the mile-and-six-furlong Group Three. Also engaged is Dermot Weld's exciting four-year-old Forgotten Rules.

The shape of the Champions Weekend fields will begin to form over the coming weeks, and French handler Freddie Head has confirmed his smart filly Thawaany has the Matron Stakes on her agenda on day one of the festival at Leopardstown on September 13.

A four-year-old out of Con Collins' 2004 Moyglare Stakes victor Chelsea Rose, Thawaany recently ran Garswood close in the Group One Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

"She ran a great race and I think her next race could be the Matron Stakes," Head said of Thawaany. "We don't know if she will get the mile (at Group One level), but she has won over a mile. That is the question mark. She doesn't want the ground too firm."

Pat Shanahan sent Maid Of The Glens in the opposite direction yesterday, but the Co Kilkenny-based handler's filly failed to make an impact in a Deauville Group Two.

Meanwhile, the Turf Club's senior medical officer Dr Adrian McGoldrick has stated that Karen Kenny remains in a stable condition after her horrific fall from Our Pearl on the Flat at Tramore on Saturday. The claiming rider, who was airlifted to Cork University Hospital, suffered a small clot on the brain after being knocked out for three minutes.

"It is a case of observing her now and I hope to go down and see her on Thursday, so hopefully we'll have more news after that," McGoldrick said.

Irish Independent

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