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Hannon looking to extend lead on busy day

THREE winners and three placed horses on Thursday saw Richard Hannon move ahead of Aidan O'Brien in the championship table and a strong hand today could see him further increase his lead.

Wins for Anjaal and Montiridge at Newmarket plus a success for Shamaheart at Epsom's evening meeting means that Hannon now leads O'Brien by £4,562 and he looks to have plenty of opportunities to bolster that lead today.

Hannon is set to have 20 runners at four different tracks with the team spearheaded b Sky Lantern in the Group 1 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes.

He said: "Sky Lantern put on weight between the Nell Gwyn and the Guineas and then again between the Guineas and Royal Ascot, and I have never had a filly who has thrived so much physically.

"She is a pleasure to train - Sean Levey rides her regularly at home and says that she is unbelievably laid-back - and she has done everything we have asked of her since the Coronation.

"She showed everybody that day that she is a very good filly, but when she gets fast ground she is a very, very good filly, and conditions underfoot will be perfect. She is taking on two smart older fillies, but we won't be making any excuses."

Casting his eye over some of his other Newmarket runners, Hannon said: "Indignant was just caught close home at Sandown last time and must have a solid chance of going one better in the opener, in which Beautiful View needs to recapture last year's form to be a player.

"We then have Fig Roll in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes. She is such a terrific mover and she floats along, and though Rizeena, the Queen Mary winner, will be a tough nut to crack, our little filly is as hard as nails and looked to have improved again when she won the Empress Stakes here last time, so we might give the favourite a race.

"Ninjago ran well in the Jersey at Royal Ascot and drops down in grade for the sprint handicap, in which he has top weight. He won't mind stepping back in trip either, nor will Mutazamen, who has plenty of speed."

As well as Newmarket there is racing at Ascot and York during the afternoon, Chepstow and Chester stage evening meetings, plus they race in Ireland and Cork and Dundalk.

Today's Key Pointer
The sire Dark Angel has six wins and three places from just fourteen runners at Chepstow since the start of 2011 (+£20.88 to £1 stakes). Starlight Angel represents him in the 9-10.

Pointers courtesy of Raceform Interactive

Today's going

York: good to firm (watered)

Newmarket: good to firm (watered)

Chester: good to firm, good in places

Chepstow: good to firm (watered) 

Ascot: good to firm (watered) on straight course, and good to firm, good in places (watered) on round course

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