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Anthem can call the tune in Queen Mary Stakes

| 18.06.2014

Anthem Alexander created a huge impression when scoring last time out and can take the step up into Group 2 company in her stride in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot today (3.05).

The Edward Lynam trained filly ran a promising race on debut when a not knocked about sixth of 13 at the Curragh, and showed the benefit of that experience when slamming Puck Fair by seven lengths at Tipperary earlier in the month.

The daughter of Starspangledbanner cruised into contention on the bridle two from home before storming clear under a hands and heels ride.

The ease with which Anthem Alexander travelled into the contest, before instantly putting it to bed when asked, suggested she was well-above average and needing keeping firmly on side.

With the prospect of plenty more improvement to come, Anthem Alexander looks to have terrific claims of providing her sire with his second juvenile winner of the week at the meeting following The Wow Signal’s success in the Coventry Stakes.

There are a whole host of dangers, and two that command plenty of respect are Tiggy Wiggy and Spanish Pipedream.

The former is trained by Richard Hannon whose juvenile runners at the Royal meeting always require a second look.

The daughter of Kodica has won three out of four, and ran out the impressive 3 1/2 length winner in the National Stakes at Sandown when last seen in action.

That Listed contest was won by Rizeena enroute to victory in this 12 months ago, and Tiggy Wiggy looks sure to make a bold bid to follow in her footsteps.

Spanish Pipedream, is trained in the USA by Wesley Ward, and made an impressive debut when scoring by 4 1/2 lengths at Keeneland.

The yard know what it takes to win this contest having saddled Jealous Again to land the spoils in 2009, and have made no secret of how highly they rate Spanish Pipedream.



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.