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Richard Hannon is bidding for second consecutive successful raid on Sprint Stakes at Naas

Updated: Sunday, 02 Jun 2013 13:19 | Comments

Newmarket 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern (left) won the Sprint Stakes at Naas in 2012
Newmarket 1000 Guineas winner Sky Lantern (left) won the Sprint Stakes at Naas in 2012

Richard Hannon won the Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes at Naas with Newmarket 1000 Guineas heroine Sky Lantern 12 months ago and his Fig Roll forms part of a strong British assault on this year's renewal.

The Salisbury winner is joined on the trip across the Irish Sea by stablemate Corncockle, while Richard Fahey sends Sandiva, who was so impressive when trouncing her Nottingham rivals on debut.

Heading the home defence are Jim Bolger's experienced Heart Focus and the Mick Halford-trained Glassatura, with Aidan O'Brien starting off two choicely bred newcomers in Adeste Fideles and Bracelet.

Dawn Approach was another Classic winner to score on last season's card and Club Wexford attempts to follow in his hoofprints for Bolger in the Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes.

The son of Lawman found five furlongs too sharp when second in the Marble Hill behind Coach House and has another major stumbling block from Ballydoyle in his way in the shape of Navan scorer Stubbs, with Hannon sending over Salisbury runner-up Sacha Park.

The Owenstown Stud Stakes also carries Listed status and O'Brien lowers the sights of Reply and Parliament Square after they contested the Greenlands Stakes, where Reply fared best in second.

Last year's Irish 2000 Guineas runner-up Foxtrot Romeo joins Ask Dad in giving Johnny Murtagh a strong hand.

O'Brien has decided to apply a visor to Rain God for his return to action in the Follow Us On Facebook Handicap, while the Ger O'Leary-trained Bobskier destroyed the opposition by upwards of nine lengths at Tramore on Saturday and makes a swift reappearance in the Tipper Road Fillies Handicap.

Lottie Dod made the frame in the Phoenix Stakes, as well as a couple of Italian Listed contests, last year so it will be disappointing if she doesn't go very close in the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden at 2.35.

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