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Friday, 21 November 2014

Tiggy Wiggy crowned Cartier’s Champion Two-year-old Filly

Tiggy Wiggy emulated Lyric Fantasy (1992) and Lemon Souffle (1993) by capturing the prestigious Cartier Two-Year-Old Filly award in London, culminating what has been a fantastic championship-winning season for Richard Hannon in his first year at the helm. Digesting what was a memorable evening, Richard said:"Cartier is THE award that everyone wants to win, and the Hannon family were all here in 2010 to see dad honoured for the award of merit, and to come back in my first season as a trainer and see Tiggy Wiggy crowned top juvenile filly is something very special. "She was a deserved winner and is the sort of filly who only comes along once in 20 years. She was bought by Peter and Ross Doyle for £41,000 at Doncaster Sales and has proved an absolute star. 

"She is owned by people who enjoy their racing, though I doubt whether they thought when she won on her debut on the polytrack at Kempton on March 29 that they would be picking up a Cartier award.

"I sent her to Kempton that day in an attempt to get her to calm down. She was too hot and a bit crazy at home, but when I heard from Dubai that she had come home on her own I was totally shellshocked.

"Things just spiralled from there. Tiggy Wiggy got better and better, winning the National Stakes at Sandown, the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury, where she took my breath away, the Lowther at York, where she was electric and broke the juvenile track record, and finally the G1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, where she showed that she was the best in Europe.

"However, though Tiggy Wiggy is very fast and so talented, I do not believe that she is just a sprinter. I think there is a good chance that she will stay seven furlongs next season and, who knows, she might even get a mile.

"We will certainly be looking to start her off in one of the Guineas trials, maybe the Fred Darling at Newbury, and if I am proved wrong and she is all speed then we can change tack and aim for the new Group 1 sprint at Royal Ascot. We live and die by fillies like Tiggy Wiggy, and her winning the Cartier award has put the icing on the cake for me."

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