Starspangled Filly Back to Best

A Royal Ascot star last year when she won the Group II Queen Mary Stakes, slick three year-old filly Anthem Alexander found her best form at Naas in Ireland overnight to win the Group III Racing Post Lacken Stakes.

Having her first run of the year since closing out her two year-old season with a fine second in the Group I Cheveley Park Stakes, the Edward Lynam trained daughter of Starspangledbanner raced clear of Rip Van Winkle colt The Happy Prince to win the six furlong sprint by a length.

UK Racing Post gave a glowing assessment of her performance.

UK Racing Post - ANTHEM ALEXANDER was settled just off the pace having been bumped coming out of the gates, and she had to get her skates on to catch a runner-up who got a freebie in front. In the end the way she picked up to get to the runner-up, and then picked up again to go on to beat him, was impressive. She´s sure to come on hugely for the run and to be more effective on the likely quick ground at Ascot, but this couldn´t have been a much better trial and any cobwebs there might have been will be well blown away by this. A potentially lucrative campaign awaits.

Anthem Alexander has the impressive record of three wins and two placings from six starts and is headed back to Royal Ascot.

"I've always thought the world of her but sooner or later you have to go and show it,” said her trainer.

"I think it was a good trial and it will do her the world of good. They gave the runner-up no respect in front and she had to pass every taxi in the queue but she did it well for her first run.

"I'm looking at the Commonwealth Cup, Noel O'Callaghan the owner is looking at the King's Stand as well. If I have my way she'll run in the Commonwealth but I don't always get my way!"

Retained to race by her breeder Noel O’Callaghan after passing in at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Anthem Alexander is the one of six winners from Group III winning Night Shift mare Lady Alexander, whose offspring are headed by brilliant Group III winning sprinter Dandy Man, while two of her daughters have left stakes-winners Hamza and Alkasser.

Her sire Starspangledbanner stands at Rosemont Stud in Victoria at a fee of $44,000, while his Group I winning son The Wow Signal (IRE) kicks off his stud career at Swettenham Stud at a fee of $15,000.

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