Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lantern's Revenge in Elusive Rematch; Queensberry's a Cambridgeshire Knockout; Vorda Looks a Belle of a Filly

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lantern's Revenge in Elusive Rematch; Queensberry's a Cambridgeshire Knockout; Vorda Looks a Belle of a Filly

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Byline: Garry Owen i.taylor@dailyrecord.co.uk

I STILL can't believe SKY LANTERN wasn't awarded the Falmouth at HQ in July after Elusive Kate almost bullied her into the members' bar.

What with the Gosden filly hanging left into her and Buick smacking her on the head with his whip, I suppose it says a lot for the 1000 Guineas winner to have got to within a neck of her older rival.

The East Everleigh team will be keen to set the record straight today in a highly-anticipated rematch in the Sun Chariot Stakes.

Following victories in the 1000 Guineas on the Rowley Mile and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, three-year-old grey Sky Lantern was an odds-on chance to complete the hat-trick as she tackled her elders for the first time on the July Course at Newmarket.

Hannon's filly was produced with what looked like a winning run by Richard Hughes, but after a prolonged bout of argy-bargy, she Park. A fine second to American powerhouse No Nay Never in the Prix Morny, the Philippe Sogorb youngster faces an easier task following the defections of Lucky Kristale and Rizeena. Sogorb said: "She has come on from each of her races, physically and mentally." Asked if a mile would be beyond her, he said: "Not at all. If you look at her way of running, she sleeps during her races, doesn't pull and has a great turn of foot. I cannot find the slightest flaw with this filly."

The Cambridgeshire has been targeted by Willie Haggas with six of his inmates and the one I want to be with is three-year-old QUEENSBERRY RULES (3.50). The Teofilo colt was very green and immature last year but has progressed nicely since making a winning debut at Kempton in April. Beaten a neck and half-alength in the Britannia at Royal Ascot, he cut through the field like a decent horse and today's cavalry charge over a furlong further should play to his strengths. Ryan Moore is back on board and I think he can give his supporters a terrific run for their money. …

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