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Hughes Sky high after Guineas win

Champion jockey Richard Hughes landed a first British Classic when he guided Sky Lantern to victory in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket on Sunday for trainer Richard Hannon.

Hughes, 40, won the flat jockey's title for the first time last season despite serving a 50-day ban, controversially imposed by stewards in India, which kept him sidelined until the beginning of May.

Hughes and Hannon, his father-in-law, were out of luck with Toronado, who the jockey had touted as "possibly the best I've ever ridden" in the 2,000 Guineas on Saturday but Sky Lantern made up for the disappointment in the fillies-only race with a half-length success.

"It's about time!" Irishman Hughes said.

"I believed in this filly and she came good. She is a very good filly who loves fast ground and she deserves this."

Inis brushes aside rivals

Inis Meain secured a deserved success at Listed level in the Martin Molony Stakes at Limerick.

Runner-up to Parish Hall in the Alleged Stakes on his last start, Denis Hogan's inmate had far too many guns for Missunited when it mattered most.

Kevin Manning wasted no time in getting An Sainchean, the 9-10 favourite, into a commanding position, but she was easily brushed aside by Inis Meain along the home straight.

Danny Mullins' mount (15-8) extended his advantage a furlong and a half from home and was not unduly pressured by the runner-up.


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