[QODLink]
Sport

Sky Lantern brightens up Coronation Stakes

Richard Hughes ends his winless run at Royal Ascot coming home first aboard Sky Lantern on penultimate day of festival.

Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 16:27
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Irish jockey Richard Hughes (R) is presented with award by Britain's Prince Andrew, The Duke of York (C) [EPA]

Sky Lantern followed up her victory in the 1,000 Guineas by winning the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot on Friday, ending champion jockey Richard Hughes' barren run at the prestigious meeting this week.

Hughes appeared close to tears after producing a superb ride on the 9-2 joint favorite, who came from the back of the 17-horse field and stalked main rival Just The Judge before bursting clear to win the day's big race by about four lengths.

"You have to have people behind you who trust you - I'm lucky,'' said Hughes, likely referring to trainer Richard Hannon.

She made them look slow, and they aren't bad, I can tell you

Richard Hughes, Champion jockey

"You have to believe in yourself and what you do."

Just The Judge, who lost to Sky Lantern in last month's 1,000 Guineas too, slipped back to place third, with French horse Kenhope coming second in the fillies-only race.

With Sky Lantern put way out in stall 16 of 17, Hughes had to judge the pace of his race and at one stage was in last place. But he accelerated as his rivals bunched and came through on the outside, pulling away as he crossed the line.

"She made them look slow, and they aren't bad, I can tell you," Hughes said.

After all the emotion of Thursday, when Queen Elizabeth II had a winning horse in the signature Gold Cup and the late Henry Cecil's wife also trained a winner, it was a low-key, next-to-last day at the famous flat-racing meeting.

Forgotten Voice, a 12-1 shot, won the Wolferton Handicap to give Johnny Murtagh a third victory of the week while trainer Hillstar reeled in evens favourite Battle of Marengo to win the King Edward VII Stakes.

That meant another triumph for jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Michael Stoute - who combined to land the Queen victory with Estimate in the Gold Cup.

328

Source:
AP
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
In Brussels, NGO staff are being trained to fill the shortfall of field workers in West Africa.
Lawsuit by 6-year-old girl, locked up for a year, reignites debate over indefinite detention of 'boat people'.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
A humanitarian crisis and a budget crisis converge in the heart of the human smuggling corridor in Texas.
join our mailing list