Monday, October 15, 2012
Sky Lantern set for Breeders' Cup
Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Sky Lantern was confirmed on Monday for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, according to trainer Richard Hannon's website.
Last seen rolling to a 2 1/2-length decision in that September 9 contest at the Curragh, Sky Lantern was withdrawn from consideration for the Group 1 Prix Marcel Boussac on October 7, which was held over unsuitably heavy going at Longchamp.
"Sky Lantern ran all the way to the line in the Moyglare," assistant trainer Richard Hannon Jr. said, "and we have no worries about the trip in America, while the turf track at Santa Anita invariably rides fast which will suit our filly ideally.
"Her form in Europe is rock-solid, and she probably represents our best chance yet of winning a Breeders Cup race.
"We have thrown a few darts in the past without success, but there is no Lasix for two-year-olds this year which makes it a level playing field for all of us, so we will be heading across the Atlantic with our tails up."
Sky Lantern has never finished worse than second from five starts. An impressive debut winner at Goodwood, the Red Clubs filly captured a listed stakes at Naas next out. She was then beaten a length in the Group 3 Sweet Solera by presumptive English champion two-year-old filly Certify, the early favorite for next May's Group 1 One Thousand Guineas.
In the Group 3 Prestige at Goodwood, Sky Lantern appeared uneasy on the undulating course, but went down by just a half-length to Ollie Olga. The gray rebounded convincingly in the Moyglare Stud.
"Sky Lantern is three from five so has plenty of experience," the trainer's son added, "but judged on her work at home she has improved through the summer. Only the Guineas favorite [Certify] beat us in the Sweet Solera at Newmarket, and then we were a bit unlucky not to win the Prestige at Goodwood, but she has definitely gone forward since and we are really looking forward to the trip."
Also set to make the trip is the Ralph Beckett-trained Waterway Run, most recently successful in the Group 3 Oh So Sharp at Newmarket September 28.
Owner Thurloe Thoroughbreds tweeted Monday that the daughter of Arch is Santa Anita-bound. Although they mentioned the Juvenile Fillies, Beckett had specified the Juvenile Fillies Turf on his website.