09/25/2014 2:31PM

Tiggy Wiggy sharp for Cheveley Park


The focus Saturday at Newmarket in England is on 2-year-olds, and while the Cheveley Park is the race with the Group 1 status, the Group 2 Royal Lodge is a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In race offering the winner a fees-paid berth and travel expenses to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

The six-furlong Cheveley Park, restricted to fillies, has a big favorite in Tiggy Wiggy, who is just longer than odds-on in antepost wagering to beat nine rivals. Trained by Richard Hannon Jr. and ridden by Richard Hughes, Tiggy Wiggy already has had a busy 2-year-old campaign, with wins in five of her seven starts and second-place finishes in her two defeats.

Tiggy Wiggy’s last two starts probably have been her best. On July 19, she beat 23 rivals to win the Super Sprint over five furlongs at Newbury, and on Aug. 21, she won the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York by 1 1/2 lengths, showing that she could at least stay six furlongs.

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Juddmonte Farms and trainer John Gosden supplemented Tendu to the race after she scored a second-out, five-length maiden win over the all-weather track at Kempton on Sept. 3. The Andre Fabre-trained French invader High Celebrity won a Group 3 last out and also rates a chance.

Good horses have won the seven-furlong Royal Lodge before, the best being Frankel in 2010, but this year’s edition drew only six entrants, none of whom has accomplished much. The highly regarded Aidan O’Brien-trained 2-year-old Ol’ Man River was withdrawn from the Royal Lodge at the final entry stage, most likely in favor of the Beresford Stakes on Sunday in Ireland.