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Sky Lantern burns bright for Richard Hannon in Hong Kong

Updated: Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 12:33 | Comments

Sky Lantern , former 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner
Sky Lantern , former 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner

Sky Lantern, whose flame flickered when she 'went quiet' on arrival in Hong Kong, showed that she is now acclimatising to her new surroundings ahead of the Longines Hong Kong Mile with a pleasing visit to the training track on Thursday morning.

The 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner looked perky in her breeze of one circuit of the Sha Tin course, with assistant trainer Richard Hannon Jnr and big race partner Richard Hughes spectating.

Hannon reported that tracheal washes and blood tests taken on the grey have come back 100%, and that the Ben Keswick-owned filly would remain in training as a four-year-old.

Keswick's family own Jardine Matheson, one of the most famous reading companies in the old colony, which was part of the reason for Sky Lantern heading East for her last hurrah of the 2013 campaign.

Hannon said: "She was a bit quiet when she arrived but we've done all the bloods and trachea washes. They are fine and she's in fantastic form.

"The owner living here was part of the reason we targeted this race and we are looking forward to taking on Moonlight Cloud. They are two very good fillies, but it's not a two-horse race.

"We've locked horns with Freddie Head before, in the recent past when Paco Boy and Canford Cliffs were competing against Goldikova. Once again we shall relish the challenge.

"She's had a nice break since the Sun Chariot but our filly will like the track and enjoy the ground."

Sky Lantern will be Richard Hannon senior's last big race runner before he hands over the licence at Herridge and Everleigh Stables to his son.

Hannon Jnr added: "Her assets are that she can sit back but she has plenty of speed, but let's leave it to Hughsie to do what he likes as he's pretty good!"

Moonlight Cloud was also out on the training track supervised by Head and the George Strawbridge-owned filly engaged in a routine breeze over six furlongs.

Head said: "It's all good, she is fine and we are looking forward to Sunday's race. I don't know much about a couple of the others, especially the American horse (King Kreesa), and we know Sky Lantern is very good, but I'm delighted with my filly."

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