Richard Hannon believes Snow Lantern is capable of emulating her illustrious mother Sky Lantern by securing further Group One glory in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket (Saturday 2nd October).
The Marlborough handler intends to give Snow Lantern a short break ahead of preparing her for a tilt at the mile contest which her mother claimed in 2013, along with that year’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas over course and distance.
Having secured Group One glory in the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes on the July Course last month the daughter of Frankel had to settle for third at the same level behind her old rival Alcohol Free in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood last week.
With the Rowley Mile expected to suit Snow Lantern, Hannon, who claimed the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes with Billesdon Brook in 2019, is confident she can make her first appearance at the course a winning one.
He said: “The Sun Chariot is the plan for Snow Lantern at the moment. She has come out of Goodwood fine but she will have a little break now and we will then get her ready for the Sun Chariot. At the moment the plan is to go straight there.
“Things at Goodwood didn’t go right during the race and by the time she got out and started making up ground the race had gone.
“The straight track at the Rowley Mile will suit her just like it suited her mother.
“Alcohol Free was a good winner of the Sussex Stakes and if she turns up in the Sun Chariot it will be an interesting race.”
Although Snow Lantern is to be kept at a mile on her next start Hannon is convinced the talented filly, who will be kept in training as a four year old, will get further in time.
He added: “Snow Lantern will stay in training next year so we have a lot to look forward to.
“We will stick to a mile for the time being but she settled very well at Goodwood which was encouraging and one positive to take away.
“I think she will get a mile and a quarter for sure and possibly even a mile and a half which will give us plenty of options.”
A total of 38 entries have been received for the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, including four from the all-conquering yard of Aidan O’Brien
The Ballydoyle master’s entries are headed by this year’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas winner Mother Earth and also feature Irish 1000 Guineas winner Empress Josephine, Prix de Diane heroine Joan Of Arc and Santa Barbara.
John Gosden sent out Nazeef to glory in the race 12 months ago and the Newmarket handler, who is now trains alongside his son Thady, is responsible for the entries of Duke Of Cambridge Stakes winner Indie Angel and Indigo Girl.
Other notable entries include Nassau Stakes winner Lady Bowthorpe from the yard of William Jarvis and Alcohol Free, winner of this year’s Sussex Stakes and Coronation Stakes, who is one of two entries for trainer Andrew Balding alongside Auria.
THE KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN SUN CHARIOT STAKES
(Group 1) (British Champions Series)
NEWMARKET – Saturday 2nd October
Alcohol Free (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr J. C. Smith Andrew Balding
Alpine Star (IRE) 4 9 3 Niarchos Family Mrs J. Harrington
Althiqa (GB) 4 9 3 Godolphin Charlie Appleby
Auria (GB) 3 9 0 Mrs F. Denniff Andrew Balding
Champers Elysees (IRE) 4 9 3 Mr Teruya Yoshida J. P. Murtagh
Coeursamba (FR) 3 9 0 Mr Katsumi Yoshida Jean Claude Rouget
Create Belief (IRE) 3 9 0 RacehorseClub J. P. Murtagh
Dreamloper (IRE) 4 9 3 Mr J. Fill Ed Walker
Elysium (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr George Strawbridge Noel Meade
Empress Josephine (IRE) 3 9 0 Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith Aidan O'Brien
Epona Plays (IRE) 4 9 3 Mr Renzo Forni W. McCreery
Fev Rover (IRE) 3 9 0 Nick Bradley Racing 43 & Partner Richard Fahey
Final Song (IRE) 4 9 3 Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
Indie Angel (IRE) 4 9 3 Cheveley Park Stud John & Thady Gosden
Indigo Girl (GB) 3 9 0 Mr George Strawbridge John & Thady Gosden
Joan of Arc (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien
Just Beautiful (GB) 3 9 0 Gary White & The Giggle Factor Ivan Furtado
Lady Bowthorpe (GB) 5 9 3 Ms E. L. Banks William Jarvis
Lavender's Blue (IRE) 5 9 3 Mr Benny Andersson Amanda Perrett
Lights On (GB) 4 9 3 Cheveley Park Stud Sir Michael Stoute
Meu Amor (FR) 3 9 0 Amo Racing Limited Michael Bell
Mother Earth (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien
No Speak Alexander (IRE) 3 9 0 C O'CallaghanN O'CallaghanP O'Callaghan Mrs J. Harrington
Novemba (GER) 3 9 0 Gestut Brummerhof P. Schiergen
Padovana (FR) 4 9 3 Mrs Robert G. Ehrnrooth Francis-Henri Graffard
Parent's Prayer (IRE) 4 9 3 Ecurie Ama.Zingteam Archie Watson
Pearls Galore (FR) 4 9 3 Haras de Saint Pair P. Twomey
Pretty Gorgeous (FR) 3 9 0 Mr John C. Oxley Joseph Patrick O'Brien
Primo Bacio (IRE) 3 9 0 David Ward Ed Walker
Saffron Beach (IRE) 3 9 0 Mrs B. V. Sangster, J Wigan & O Sangster Jane Chapple-Hyam
Sagamiyra (FR) 4 9 3 H.H. Aga Khan M. Delzangles
Santa Barbara (IRE) 3 9 0 Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Westerberg Aidan O'Brien
Shale (IRE) 3 9 0 Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Donnacha Aidan O'Brien
Snow Lantern (GB) 3 9 0 Rockcliffe Stud Richard Hannon
Soul Search (IRE) 4 9 3 Newtown Anner Stud Farm G. M. Lyons
Statement (IRE) 3 9 0 Ballylinch Stud 1 Martyn Meade
Tahlie (FR) 3 9 0 Mr Teruya Yoshida P. Bary
Thundering Nights (IRE) 4 9 3 Mr Shapoor Mistry Joseph Patrick O'Brien