LAMBOURN TRAINER Richard Hannon decided against running recent impressive Newbury winner Snow Lantern in the 1000 Guineas. The 3yo Frankel filly, homebred by Rockliffe Stud, shed her maiden tag in style at Newbury on Sunday and was promptly touted as a leading contender for last Sunday’s fillies’ Classic at Newmarket.
However, Hannon confirmed the daughter of Frankel would not try to emulate her dam Sky Lantern, winner of the 1000 Guineas in 2013, and would instead be aimed at one of two targets at York later this month. Hannon said: “Following discussions with connections, Snow Lantern did not take up her engagement in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket and will instead be aimed for either the Group 3 Musidora Stakes or the Listed Michael Seeley Stakes at York’s May meeting.
“Both of these races give us options and an extra couple of weeks, with the Michael Seeley being run over a mile and the Musidora over a mile and a quarter. “Either of these races will give us a good guide on where we stand for the rest of the season with her.
She also holds entries in the Oaks and Prix de Diane and these engagements will be determined by her York performance. “There are plenty of options coming up for her. She is a special filly, with a beautiful pedigree and has already proved an exciting prospect for her owner and breeders Rockcliffe Stud.”