Horse Racing: Sky Lantern set for Hong Kong jaunt

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Sky Lantern is set to run in Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket next month and will then head to Hong Kong, connections have confirmed.

The Richard Hannon-trained filly was fifth behind Winsili in the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood last time out but connections are pleased with the way she is shaping up.

The Nassau Stakes was the filly’s first attempt at a mile and a quarter and she is now having a break before racing in the Sun Chariot stakes.

Hong Kong and the chance to race at Sha Tin over a mile or 10 furlongs is then on the cards, according to head lad Tony Gorman.

“We have never had a filly who has thrived so much as she has. She now weighs around 495-496 kilos, which is not far off the colts, and she is such a magnificent specimen,” Gorman revealed.

“She is having her break after Goodwood, but the plan is the Sun Chariot Stakes and then a trip to Hong Kong, where her owner Ben Keswick lives.

“We would have the option of the mile or 10-furlong race at Sha Tin.

“She would definitely stay the longer trip around there, though if we reverted to the mile, over which she has proved herself a champion, she would get both the age and sex allowance, albeit against the older horses.”


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