RACING: Hannon bides time over Newbury winner

Tiggy Wiggy (centre) ridden by Richard Hughes wins the Weatherbys super sprint during The Beach Boys Party in the Paddock Day at Newbury

Tiggy Wiggy (centre) ridden by Richard Hughes wins the Weatherbys super sprint during The Beach Boys Party in the Paddock Day at Newbury

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WILTSHIRE trainer Richard Hannon is in no rush to commit Tiggy Wiggy to a run in next month's Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

The Queen Mary runner-up barely saw another rival in winning the Weatherbys Super Sprint by six lengths off top weight.

There is now a chance she could try to emulate Lyric Fantasy, who also won both races when trained by Hannon's father.

"They both won the Newbury race by six lengths, although whereas Lyric Fantasy had only 10 opponents when she blitzed them, Tiggy Wiggy had to give weight to 23 rivals," the Everleigh and Herridge trainer told richardhannonracing.co.uk "Maybe the similarity between the two fillies got in my head three days after Royal Ascot, because I sat down then and entered her for next month's Nunthorpe.

"Only one two-year-old (Kingsgate Native) has beaten the older horses at York since Lyric Fantasy, but Tiggy Wiggy looks to have all the right credentials to warrant a go.

"We had hoped that something might give us a tow early on, but Tiggy Wiggy hit the gates and was three lengths clear after just 50 yards, so (Richard) Hughesie had no option but to let her bowl.

"She quickened again when he picked her up at the two-pole and, in all honesty, she never looked like getting beat. Obviously, it wasn't the same quality of field that she encountered in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, but she is very quick and she won with such authority that you could not fail to have been impressed.

"The alternative route would be to go Lowther-Cheveley Park, but we would have to get her to settle better if we took that option, and it is certainly tempting to take up the Nunthorpe challenge.

"She would have only 7st 12lb, so that rules out Hughesie, but I am sure there would not be a shortage of volunteers if we decide to take on the older sprinters at York.

"There is no rush to make a decision - we'll sit on it for a couple of weeks and talk to the owners, but we are certainly considering a tilt at the Nunthorpe very seriously.

"Tiggy Wiggy is not that big, but she has definitely made enormous physical improvement since Royal Ascot, and it was the right decision to give Newmarket's July meeting a miss and have a fresh filly for Newbury.

"We have two top two-year-old colts in Ivawood and Estidhkaar and it now looks as if we have a couple of exciting fillies, too, in Tiggy Wiggy and Osaila."

Roger Charlton appeared perfectly happy with Al Kazeem after the multiple Group One winner finished a satisfactory fourth behind Amralah on his racecourse comeback in the Listed Doom Bar Stakes.

In essence, the six-year-old performed exactly like a horse that had been off the track since last October as he cruised into contention only to tire in the final furlong.

After proving subfertile at the Royal Studs in Sandringham, the Coral-Eclipse and Prince Of Wales' hero looked so well in the paddock that he was backed into 11-10 favourite from 15-8 - despite Charlton's warning that he was overweight.

Beckhampton trainer Charlton said: "James (Doyle) said he felt fantastic going to the start, he came into the race like he was going to win it and travelled up there very smoothly.

"I think, as I was suspicious of and told everybody as he's overweight, he just got tired, which is fair enough.

"He's only been in training since the beginning of May and that race will have done him a huge amount of good.

"I know he was favourite and it's disappointing for most people watching, but I don't think you can condemn the horse on that at all. He ran really well, showed all his enthusiasm and will improve."

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