Snow Lantern was second in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last month; behind Alcohol Free and ahead of Mother Earth; but came home in front of same rivals at Newmarket in Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes. The filly caught the eye when winning a Newbury maiden in April but it has not been completely plain sailing for the grey; who was a beaten favorite at York and just missed out at Royal Ascot
The three year old Frankel filly and jockey Sean Levey were the decisive winners of the Group One feature contest on day two of the Moët & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket; defeating QIPCO 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth (5-1) and a high class field.
Afterwards Hannon admitted the result provided some compensation following the defeat of her dam; Sky Lantern, in 2013 when the winner Elusive Kate kept the race after a stewards’ enquiry. Owned and bred by the Keswick family’s Rockclife Stud, Snow Lantern prevailed by half a length; with Alcohol Free, the 5-2 favorite, another neck away in third.
Sky Lantern is by Red Clubs and she was exceptional and I think this filly is exceptional. She has that pedigree being a Frankel out of a Classic-winning mare. She was a little bit unlucky in the Coronation, as you know, and she looked exceptional when she won her novice at Newbury.
Jockey Sean Levey said:
“She’s learnt with every run. It’s a pity going back that she probably should have run in the Guineas, but she showed in York she was immature and she had a bit to learn.
“It’s taken her a couple of steps to get to this point and it’s thanks to everyone in the yard. They have done a massive job. She’s not the easiest, so it’s great for everyone it’s all come to fruition now. “It’s taken her a couple of steps to get to this point and it’s thanks to everyone in the yard. They have done a massive job. She’s not the easiest, so it’s great for everyone it’s all come to fruition now
“She’s known to be keen, so my hands were tied as far as tactically what I could do with her. She came out of the gates fairly relaxed. As soon as they came over to that rail I knew I had to hold position when I was trying to settle her. I did think it would be very hard to get out of there.
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