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Sky falls on home hopes

ALL three of the Group One races staged in Ireland this weekend went for export as Richard Hannon's supplemented Sky Lantern won yesterday's Moyglare Stud Stakes to cap a great weekend for the British raiders.

ON Saturday the darling of the sport Snow Fairy put a potentially career-threatening injury well and truly behind her to win the Irish Champion Stakes and land a seventh Group One victory.

Also on Saturday, Henry Cecil's Chachamaidee controversially claimed the Group One Matron Stakes in the Stewards Room after Duntle was demoted to second following some interference.

Yesterday the three supplemented entries for the Moyglare all attracted some interest in what was a very wide open renewal of the fillies showpiece but it was Sky Lantern, who was the biggest price of the three at 7/1, who landed the spoils.

Sendmylovetorose (sixth) and My Special J's (last) were 9/2 joint second favourites behind John Oxx's Harasiya and it was Harasiya's stable companion Karamaya that cut out the pace but she was headed a furlong down and under a confident Richard Hughes ride Sky Lantern went on to score by an impressive two and a half lengths.

Gutsy

A nomination to the Breeders Cup was part of yesterday's prize and Richard Hannon Jnr, representing his father admitted that a trip to Santa Anita is a possibility for the filly.

"I wasn't that confident but it was a wide open race and it was very gutsy of the owner to put up the supplementary fee earlier in the week," revealed Hannon Jnr.

"It was a wide open Moyglare and I'm not saying it was a vintage one but she did it impressively.

"She's a filly that carries a lot of weight and she could be a Guineas filly for next season. Santa Anita is certainly an option and we'll have a good look at it."

Meanwhile, Jim Bolger's Scintillula is now a prominent figure in the 1000 Guineas betting for next year after she finished well under Ronan Whelan to fill the runner-up spot behind Sky Lantern.

The daughter of Galileo had raced only once previous to yesterday when seventh and beaten seven lengths by Snow Queen, but she bellied her odds of 33/1 to run a blinder for the in form Bolger outfit.

Snow Fairy will be given time to recuperate following her career best, track record breaking exploits in the Champion Stakes on Saturday with Ed Dunlop taking it "day by day" with his heroine.

The mare was second in last year's Irish Champion Stakes behind So You Think but then suffered a 45pc tear in her tendon which could have easily ended her career.

Not only did connections opt to race on, but they have incredibly got her back to her best, if not even better, and Snow Fairy is now as short as 7/1 for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe next month. Dunlop revealed; "The options are the Arc, the Prix de l'Opera and the Champion Stakes but we always said that with the nature of the injury she had that we had to take it one race at a time."

Deserves

The globetrotting mare has later options in America and Japan also but her trainer admitted: "She deserves to dance at the top table."

Connections of Duntle are today expected to confirm their appeal of the stewards decision to reverse the placings in Saturday's Matron Stakes.

There was still a long way to go when the interference between, Duntle, Alanza and Chachamaidee took place and while it wasn't an enviable task for the acting stewards, it certainly won't be for the appeals committee, should it go down that road.


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