By Simon Jackson.
The Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury in April could be on the agenda for Tiggy Wiggy following news that she will miss the Prix de l’Abbaye on Sunday and is out for the season.
The five furlong contest on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe day at Longchamp had been mooted for the Richard Hannon-trained filly after her decisive victory in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
But connections have since decided to give a break to the ultra-consistent filly who has won six times and twice finished second in her eight starts this season.
“Tiggy Wiggy has done enough for the season and will be going on her winter holidays” Hannon said on his website.
“She has done us proud this season and could be an exciting one for the major sprints next year, but we might have a look at the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury in April.
“It’s unlikely that she will stay beyond six furlongs, but there is nothing for the top speed horses early in the season and we have nothing to lose by trying the seven at Newbury. However, the new Group 1 at Royal Ascot remains her prime target.”
The daughter of Kodiac had earlier been praised by her trainer for the decisive manner of her three-quarters of a length victory at Newmarket last Saturday, where she led from the outset to win comfortably from Queen Mary Stakes winner Anthem Alexander and French raider High Celebrity.
“That was as good a Cheveley Park as we have had for a while, and the first three fillies are the best around this season,” Hannon said.
“We have never made any secret of the fact that we think she is a sprinter through and through, and the new Group 1 at Royal Ascot next season will be her prime target.
“She is very quick and for me she is even better over five furlongs than six, and I always get a big thrill watching her. Remember, she only cost 40 grand, so it gives hope for the small man that you can hit the jackpot without necessarily paying a king’s ransom for a yearling at the sales.
“Tiggy Wiggy was only small in the spring, but Hughesie [Richard Hughes – jockey] is adamant that she has grown four inches through the summer. She definitely put on weight after the Lowther, and she was better mentally in the preliminaries at Newmarket than she was earlier in the season
“It’s probably long odds against that she will stay a mile next year and whether we dip our toes in for one of the Guineas trials in April is something we can ponder through the winter; but Royal Ascot will be the main aim.”