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Richard Hughes riding Sky Lantern wins The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket

Richard Hughes riding Sky Lantern wins The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket

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Richard Hughes riding Sky Lantern wins The Qipco 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket

Sky Lantern finished strongly to claim the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Richard Hughes, the grey filly was a 9-1 shot to claim Classic glory having been beaten by the reopposing Hot Snap in the Nell Gwyn Stakes on her seasonal return.

The unbeaten Just The Judge looked likely to win when quickening up to lead heading inside the final furlong, but she was collared in the closing stages by Sky Lantern, who struck by half a length.

Aidan O'Brien's Moth was third.

Champion jockey Hughes, who was claiming his first domestic Classic triumph, said: "They didn't go over fast - it was all about giving her plenty of cover.

"She was tough to see it out to the line."

Sky Lantern showed top-class form in her juvenile year, during which she won the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

She appeared well held by Hot Snap on their recent course meeting but while that filly disappointed, Hannon's inmate rose to the challenge admirably to give an emotional Hughes a keynote success.

The victory comes 24 hours after Hannon's Toronado disappointed in the 2000 Guineas under Hughes.

Hughes said: "My wife was so upset (after Toronado's defeat) - I was consoling her all night - but today was great.

"I believed in this filly. I knew I gave her a bad ride the last day, but she's a good filly and loves that fast ground. It's thoroughly deserved.

"It's taken a long time (to win a British Classic)."

Just The Judge ran a superb race to fill the runner-up spot for trainer Charlie Hills and jockey Jamie Spencer.

Curragh maiden winner Moth, supplemented at a cost of £30,000, looked green coming out of the dip but finished off well to pick up minor honours.

Sky Lantern showed top-class form in her juvenile year, during which she won the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

She appeared well held by Hot Snap on their recent course meeting but while that filly disappointed, Hannon's inmate rose to the challenge admirably to give an emotional Hughes a keynote success.

The victory comes 24 hours after Hannon's Toronado disappointed in the 2000 Guineas under Hughes.

Hughes said: "My wife was so upset (after Toronado's defeat) - I was consoling her all night - but today was great.

"I believed in this filly. I knew I gave her a bad ride the last day, but she's a good filly and loves that fast ground. It's thoroughly deserved.

"It's taken a long time (to win a British Classic)."

Just The Judge ran a superb race to fill the runner-up spot for trainer Charlie Hills and jockey Jamie Spencer.

Curragh maiden winner Moth, supplemented at a cost of £30,000, looked green coming out of the dip but finished off well to pick up minor honours.

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