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  • 15:10 Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes 1m

  • (Fillies' Group 1) £194,200 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £110,131 2nd £41,753 3rd £20,896 4th £10,409
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 38.02s
  • Off time: 15:10:16

Sky Lantern flies away with Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket

Last Updated: 28/09/13 3:37pm

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Sky Lantern: Smart turn of foot to score

Sky Lantern: Smart turn of foot to score

Sky Lantern claimed another Group One prize when flying home to take the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

Returned to the scene of her Classic success in the 1000 Guineas, she produced a performance as stylish as any of her previous victories.

The race was billed as a rematch with Elusive Kate, who beat Richard Hannon's Sky Lantern in the Falmouth Stakes in controversial circumstances, but John Gosden's filly ran below-par, drifting left under pressure and eventually finishing fourth.

Instead it was the improving Integral who gave Sky Lantern (7/4 favourite) the most to think about as she hit the front a furlong out, but the winner showed a characteristically electric turn of foot to win by a length.

Jamie Spencer had attempted to make all on Just The Judge, who finished second to Sky Lantern in the Guineas earlier in the season, but Integral, Elusive Kate and Duntle were close behind and looked to have the leader covered from some way out.

For a few strides Sky Lantern looked in a little bother when Integral hit the front under Ryan Moore but once Richard Hughes pressed the button, the grey scooted clear to win her fourth Group One.

Hughes said: "She was very good today and she deserved that.

"She stumbled once or twice in the race and she was totally asleep, but at the three-pole she came alive.

"My only worry was not getting involved with Elusive Kate again, but luckily enough she drifted just after I quickened."

Richard Hannon jnr, son and assistant to his father, said: "It's great to see her back. Her reputation wasn't tarnished but she got beaten after the Guineas so I'm very pleased.

"She and Elusive Kate are two great fillies and let's hope their rivalry continues. I still think she'll get a mile and a quarter and we might look at that again next year.

"The owner lives in Hong Kong and that is where he wants to go."

Sir Michael Stoute said of Integral: "I'm delighted, she's progressing well. She won't run again this season but she'll stay on next year."

David Wachman said of the third, Duntle: "She's run a good race, you've got to be happy enough and there are no excuses. It depends what the owners want to do, I'm open to suggestions."

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