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  • Tiggy Wiggy Is National Winner

Cantor Fitzgerald Equities National Stakes (Listed) 5f 6y

  • (2yo, 5f 6y, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £14,745 2nd £5,590 3rd £2,798 4th £1,394 5th £699 6th £351
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 3.92s
  • Off time: 18:42:37
  • Last Updated: May 29 2014, 19:16 BST

Tiggy Wiggy goes for Royal Ascot's Queen Mary Stakes after taking the National Stakes at Sandown in impressive style.

Tiggy Wiggy (red silks) draws clear to win the Cantor Fitzgerald Equities National Stakes under Richard Hughes.
Tiggy Wiggy (red silks) draws clear to win the Cantor Fitzgerald Equities National Stakes under Richard Hughes.

Victorious on her first two starts, the Richard Hannon-trained youngster (3/1) was a half-length second to the unbeaten Patience Alexander at York's Dante meeting and gave that form a real boost with the manner of her victory.

Travelling sweetly on the far rail for Richard Hughes as Roudee took the field along, she was eased out to get a run and quickened smartly a furlong down to put the race to bed.

Favourite Cock Of The North missed the break and had to play catch up, eventually running on for second, three and three-quarter lengths in arrears.

Hannon said: "We took a chance coming here as these races are only going to get better, and it was a good chance to get some black type.

"She will be entered in the Queen Mary and the Albany, but I imagine she'd will go for the Queen Mary and should have a great chance.

"When she won first time out she looked exceptional and then afterwards I think she couldn't show her true colours in the soft ground. We know she handles it, but I certainly don't think she wants it.

"It was a good run when she got beaten by David Evans' filly last time. I admit I was surprised [that she didn't win] but the winner must be very good."

The trainer was also pleased for the winning rider, who he said had endured "a bit of a nightmare" at Bath's afternoon meeting.

"Hughesy came back in with a smile and said he was going faster at the line than at any point in the race previously, and I think he was impressed," added Hannon.

"I think that was a good performance. When you're taking on colts only 13 days after your last run, you're on a bit of a hiding to nothing, but she's won well."

The winner is part-owned by leading jumps owner Jared Sullivan - and named after his daughter Antigoni -  and Hannon quipped: "Jared's just bought some more jumpers for Paul Nicholls so he could go with the money - this will maybe pay the VAT on one of them!"