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Sky Lantern and jockey Richard Hughes celebrate winning the QIPCO 1000 Guineas stakes during the 1000 Guineas Day of the QIPCO Festival at Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2013. See PA story RACING Newmarket. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Sky Lantern and jockey Richard Hughes celebrate winning the QIPCO 1000 Guineas stakes during the 1000 Guineas Day of the QIPCO Festival at Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2013. See PA story RACING Newmarket. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Sky Lantern and jockey Richard Hughes celebrate winning the QIPCO 1000 Guineas stakes during the 1000 Guineas Day of the QIPCO Festival at Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 5, 2013. See PA story RACING Newmarket. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

CONNECTIONS of Sky Lantern are to consider supplementing the Qipco 1000 Guineas winner for the Investec Oaks.

The grey filly ended a long wait for trainer Richard Hannon when giving him his first success in the Classic over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket.

The veteran trainer would now like to open his account in the Epsom showpiece and he could be persuaded to add her to the field on May 31.

"She's a good filly. I don't know where we are going to run her next. There is talk about the Oaks. Richard (son and assistant) is gagging to run her in the Oaks," he said.

"He says she'll stay and he may be right. We'll have to have a look at it and we will have to supplement her if that's the case."

The Investec Derby has also eluded Hannon, but he believes he has a live contender in Van Der Neer.

 

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The son of Dutch Art is on course for the premier Classic on June 1 after putting in his best work at the finish when third to Dawn Approach in the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

"The Derby is a definite. We're going to go there. He's a sharp horse and he stays. He's 20/1 and it's a good price," said the Herridge handler.

Toronado was supposed to be the Hannon first string at Newmarket but he faded badly close home after holding every chance and was a neck behind Van der Neer in fourth place.

"He's fine now. He rattled his palate a bit and I think he got it over the windpipe, but we've dealt with it," said Hannon.

"A furlong and a half out it looked like being a two-horse race then Hughesie said it felt like he hit a brick wall.

"When he pulled up he was gasping. He's obviously stopped and his wind has caused him a problem."


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