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Anthem Alexander conquers Queen Mary Stakes rivals

Updated: Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 16:21 | Comments

Anthem Alexander ridden by Pat Smullen breaks away to win
Anthem Alexander ridden by Pat Smullen breaks away to win

Anthem Alexander justified her tall home reputation with victory in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Eddie Lynam was eager to go for this five-furlong event after her win at Tipperary earlier in the month and it was easy to see why as she arrived on the scene full of running under Pat Smullen a quarter of a mile out.

Asked to go about her business just over a furlong from home, the 9-4 favourite was pressed by another Irish raider in Newsletter, who kept her honest all the way to the line before just losing second to Tiggy Wiggy, who was a neck down on the winner.

Smullen, who was recording a quick double after Mustajeeb in the Jersey Stakes, said: "She's bred for it and she's very, very quick.

"Today she was a little bit sluggish away from the gates, just through lack of experience.

"The gap was closing in front of me a furlong and a half down, I had to take it and I was probably there too soon, but she's a very fast filly.

"She's still a little bit green and there's a lot of improvement in her.

"She could have given up if she was weak-minded, but she's genuine and tough and stuck it out well to the line.

"She's another good Eddie Lynam sprinter."

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