Sky Lantern (grey) could he heading to Royal Ascot after Naas winPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Hannon looking at Royal Ascot for Sky Lantern
RICHARD HANNON has an eye on Royal Ascot for Monday's cosy Naas winner Sky Lantern, with the Albany Stakes the trainer's preferred option.
Sky Lantern made it two out of two with a half-length win in a 6f Listed contest and the champion trainer said: "You'd have to be impressed with the way Sky Lantern won in Ireland and she could be quite exciting.
"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 [True Verdict] came at her at the furlong pole and looked like going past.
"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."
Stablemate Mister Marc beat all bar the classy Dawn Approach on the same card and Hannon added on his website: "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 and if he bounces back we will look at Royal Ascot, but we won't be forcing him if he needs more time."