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Sky Lantern, The Curragh 09.09.2012

Sky Lantern: being prepared for Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

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Sky Lantern to tackle US- style bend in final gallop

A CHANGE of scenery is scheduled for Moyglare winner Sky Lantern, who will do her final piece of work round an American-style bend at Brian Meehan's before heading out to Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.

The Richard Hannon-trained juvenile has gone from strength to strength this season, having been placed second in two Group 3 contests at Goodwood and Newmarket, before winning the Group 1 Moyglare Stakes by two and a half lengths at the Curragh last month.

Assistant trainer Richard Hannon junior is bullish about her chances. Quoted on Hannon's website, he said: "We have never had a winner at the Breeders' Cup, but Sky Lantern probably represents our best chance yet. She has solid Group 1 form, and, being on the turf, we have to think that she has a serious chance, especially as there is no Lasix permitted in all the two-year-old races out there, which makes it a level playing field for everyone."

Replicating the conditions Sky Lantern will face at Santa Anita is the thinking behind sending her to Manton, as Hannon junior added: "They have an American-style bend at Manton, and Brian Meehan has kindly agreed to let us take Sky Lantern over for her last workout before she gets on the plane on Saturday. Richard Hughes will ride her.

"The filly is in great nick and worked super at home last Thursday, and, though it is late in the season for a filly, we could not be happier with her.

"She showed what a classy filly she is when she won the Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh, and, hopefully, she will get the fast ground that she loves out in America."

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