Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 14:46 30/09/2014
Speculation as to whether last Saturday's Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes winner Tiggy Wiggy would be allowed to take her chance in Sunday's Qatar Prix de L'Abbaye at Longchamp was finally put to rest on Tuesday when trainer Richard Hannon declared that the filly who has won six of her eight starts as a juvenile, the first coming as far back as March, will not be asked to make the journey to Paris, of which he said: " She's not going and that's her done for the season. She's put a lot into her races and I think she's done enough for the season."
Also giving the Group 1 speed test a miss will be recent impressive Portland Handicap winner Muthmir who was expected to step up markedly in class given the likelyhood of his favoured good ground at the French venue but trainer William Haggas has decided instead to take in an Ascot Listed contest on Saturday rather than throw the son of Invincible Spirit in at the deep end against Europe's top sprinters, with Haggas saying: " If there wasn't another option we'd probably go but there is another option and I think we will stay here and go to Ascot."
News of the two absentees resulted in bookmakers shortening up Irish challenger Sole Power, with the winner of Royal Ascot's King's Stand Stakes and the Nunthorpe at York cut to a best price 5-2 with Ladbrokes for Sunday's five furlong dash, a price which is unlikely to get any bigger with Edward Lynam's charge virtually guaranteed his favoured quick conditions. Despite the defection of leading two-year-old Tiggy Wiggy there is still a chance that age group could still be represented courtesy of Cotai Glory, who would have won Doncaster's Flying Childers Stakes but for unseating his rider close home, and the speedy Irish filly Anthem Alexander.