Pinsent Masons Lowther Stakes (Fillies’ Group 2) (Class 1) (2YO only)
Advice: 2 pts win Cursory Glance (3/1 general)
Ante Post: 1 pt each/way Cursory Glance, 2015 1,000 Guineas (14/1 general)
Anthem Alexander: Ground no good to her on debut but looked filly from the top drawer when slamming opposition in maiden next time out and even a sluggish start couldn’t stop her winning Queen Mary, idling but getting there ahead of Tiggy Wiggy (to tune of a short head); That form since been boosted notably and bold bid expected here.
Bimbo: Run creditably both starts at Pontefract, winning maiden at long odds before third in nursery, but beaten off mark of 78 that day and must rate a good deal better than that if she’s to take a hand here.
Cursory Glance: Plenty of inexperience shown on Kempton debut but that didn’t stop her from winning well in the end and built upon all that and more with impressive Albany win at Ascot, dwelling at the start but right on top at the finish and going away from strong looking field beforehand;
Lady Gemini: Some ability in four maiden starts and this flying too high for her.
Patience Alexander: Hacked up in style of a group winner at Wolverhampton and proved it with 5 furlong Listed win over none other than Tiggy Wiggy here; Creditable third in Albany Stakes and while disappointing in Haydock nursery, was giving massive amounts of weight to the field; Still has to find more based on Ascot form.
Realtra: Got off the mark at third time of asking and then creditable second in Naas listed event but that form doesn’t stack up so well here and well beaten by Tiggy Wiggy in the Super Sprint latest.
She’s a Worldie: Probably should have won on debut at Musselburgh but made no mistake when making all next time but beaten off just 80 in Nursery and needs to improve to get into the shakeup.
Sulaaat: Shaped well on debut at Lingfield (form strong) and didn’t really have to do much to make short work of her field next time out (standard that debutants from stable improve a great deal) and looks a ready prospect who is capable of getting involved here.
Tiggy Wiggy: Made short work of opposition on debut and followed up with novice success before then finishing runner up to Patience Alexander; Impressive winner of National Stakes afterwards, and close second at Royal Ascot, but looked to have taken form to a different level when trashing rivals in Super Sprint , sprinting clear from the front and drawing clear in fashion that suggested 6 furlongs would not be an issue; Will take the beating if in the same form.
VERDICT: One of the races of the week with three leading juvenile fillies all meeting again. It’s desperately hard to separate any of Anthem Alexander, Tiggy Wiggy and CURSORY GLANCE, with preference for the Albany winner over the Queen Mary heroine and the Super Sprint winner although not much is expected to separate them again. Cursory Glance may prove to be better over further in time – she looks to be the likeliest of the juveniles seen out so far to make it to the 1,000 Guineas next year – but the turn of foot she showed to win at Ascot was deeply impressive and a line through Patience Alexander – who shouldn’t be discounted after taking on too much weight in a Haydock Nursery last time – reads very well with Osalia having won well at Ascot since. It’s hoped that there’s a strong pace on to bring her stamina into play, but she’s my preference of the three at the prices. Sulaat looks best of the group debutants.