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ELUSIVE KATE - Newmarket 12.07.2013

Sky Lantern (grey) battles is out with Elusive Kate in the Falmouth Stakes

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Lantern team to contest Falmouth Stakes result

SKY LANTERN'S connections said on Monday that they are planning to launch an appeal into the result of the Group 1 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket last week.

Trained by Richard Hannon for Ben Keswick, Sky Lantern was beaten a neck by Elusive Kate after being carried left across the July course and receiving two blows to the head from the whip of Elusive Kate's jockey William Buick.

After a ten-minute stewards' inquiry the result remained unaltered leaving Sky Lantern's jockey Richard Hughes particularly frustrated.

Hughes said on Friday: "She has been under my nose as she hung left and I couldn't get by at any time. I am suffering interference and my filly got whipped in the face."

Having initially ruled out the idea of an appeal, the Hannon camp backtracked and have decided to contest the decision.

Speaking on Monday, assistant trainer Richard Hannon jnr said: "I think we are going to appeal. We have discussed it and spoken to a few people and we think we might as well have a shot."

The Group 1 Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes at Goodwood on August 3 could be next for Sky Lantern.

Hannon continued: "There is a fair chance Sky Lantern might go for the Nassau. She's come out of her race exceptionally well. She settles very well, we saw that in the Falmouth. She is obviously very easy to manoeuvre in a race.

"Hughesie is adamant she will get a mile and a quarter no problem and I can't see a reason why not. We are very keen to go for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare and that's a mile and quarter on turf so it's probably a good idea we try it out before we go and spend a fortune going there and finding out over there."

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