Lantern to light up Ascot

Lantern to light up Ascot
Lantern to light up Ascot
Sky Sports Racing News

Sky Lantern and Mister Marc could both line up in juvenile contests at Royal Ascot after putting in solid performances at Naas on Monday.

Richard Hannon sent the pair across to Ireland and was rewarded by Sky Lantern winning the Coolmore Stud EBF Sprint Stakes in quite comfortable fashion, while Mister Marc only found Jim Bolger’s smart prospect Dawn Approach too good in the Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes.

“You’d have to be impressed with the way Sky Lantern won in Ireland, and she could be quite exciting,” the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.tv.

“She is a lovely scopey Red Clubs filly – much more than just a two-year-old, and we like her a lot. She looks as if she already wants seven furlongs, but she also has plenty of speed and has a great attitude, as you saw the way she buckled down when the second came at her at the furlong-pole and looked like going past.

Guineas Filly

“We hope that Sky Lantern might eventually prove a Guineas filly, but, more immediately, we will be looking at the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“We know that she has the speed for six, but we will be looking at races like the Prestige at Goodwood and the Sweet Solera at Newmarket in the second half of the season, and there is plenty to look forward to with her.

“We were also very pleased with Mister Marc, who bumped into a useful colt in Dawn Approach but made him work hard for victory.

“Ours is very useful and has plenty of natural speed, so if he bounces back we will look at Royal Ascot, but we won’t be forcing him if he needs more time.”

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