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ELUSIVE KATE - Newmarket 12.07.2013

Sky Lantern (blue cap) could not get by Elusive Kate in the Falmouth

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Lantern camp consider Falmouth appeal

CONNECTIONS of Sky Lantern are considering an appeal over the Falmouth result after the Richard Hannon-trained filly went down by a neck to Elusive Kate, but was carried right across the track by her rival.

A stewards' inquiry was called, but the result stood despite the best efforts of jockey Richard Hughes to get it changed.

Speaking at Newmarket on Saturday, Richard Hannon jnr said: "There may be a chance of appealing. I don't know what we're going to do. We'll let the dust settle. It's under consideration and a decision we'll all make together but we need to sit down and talk about it first." 

Earlier connections have mapped out a host of international targets for the 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner after her controversial defeat in the Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

Richard Hannon jnr, assistant to his father, said on Saturday: "The record books will show that Elusive Kate was the winner, and we have to accept that and look to the filly's next race.

"Sure, she was unlucky, but with only four runners there was always the danger of a tactical race, and ideally Sky Lantern would have got a stronger pace to aim at. She was carried halfway across the track and Hughesie is adamant it cost us the race, but the stewards felt otherwise and that's racing.

"She deserves a little break now and we might bring her back for the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown in early September - who knows, we might have a rematch with Elusive Kate there, and they say that revenge is a dish best served cold."

Hannon jnr has no doubt Sky Lantern, a daughter of Red Clubs, will bounce back to her best when she returns at the end of the season.

"There are some valuable races waiting for her towards the end of the year, so if we want some juice left in the lemon we need to opt out of some of the midsummer dances," he added on his father's website.

"We are all keen to try her over a mile and a quarter some time, and the Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita would seem the logical race as the draw would not be quite so crucial there as it would be if we went for the Mile.

"Ben Keswick, Sky Lantern's owner, lives in Hong Kong, so there is also the big international meeting at Sha Tin in December to consider, and both there and in California you would like to think that the grey filly would get her favoured fast ground."

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