SNOW LANTERN won for members of VG Tips at odds of 6/1 on a day of three winners from three races selected at Newmarket.
I kept the faith with Snow Lantern. I fancied she would win the Falmouth Stakes, a race her mother Sky Lantern was robbed of back in 2013.
Jockey Sean Levey looked to have got trapped on the rail but pulled Snow Lantern out wider and the beautiful grey ran on to beat my safe 13/2 each way selection, Mother Earth, into second. I backed the forecast and backed Snow Lantern to win. Her odds drifted out to 6/1, so making me even happier. Sometimes any punter can stay loyal to one horse for too long. But I kept the faith with Snow Lantern not least because I was very impressed with her second place finish at Royal Ascot. Job done. Even trainer Richard Hannon got emotional and had to break off an interview before he cried.
Jockey Levey said post race that perhaps Snow Lantern would have won the 1000 Guineas in May had she been entered. I agree. Indeed, back then I expressed to VG Tips subscribers my disappointment that connections of the horse changed their minds and withdrew her from that race.
But hopefully she will continue to improve and win more races this season. A race at Glorious Goodwood during the last week of July looks the likely next destination.
Trainer Richard Hannon says: “I quite fancy the Nassau Stakes. The trip I don’t think is a problem. She would have a great chance in that or the Sussex Stakes. I do think Jim Bolger’s horse (Poetic Flare) is an extremely good horse and one of the nicest looking horses I have ever seen. I wouldn’t relish the thought of taking that on with anything. Poetic Flare looks exceptional. If we didn’t go to the Sussex Stakes, that would be the reason.
“Every time we’ve ended up with a very good miler, we’ve always been tempted by this mile and a quarter thing. But Toronado didn’t get it. Dick Turpin didn’t get it. Barney Roy didn’t. Sky Lantern didn’t. That said to me that you’re beating everything over a mile so why change?
“You probably won’t have to be as good to win a Nassau as you would the Sussex Stakes but the trip is an issue. They go at a different tempo and that is another stumbling block for Snow Lantern because she’s got to settle that much better again. Goodwood is a quirky track and her mother Sky Lantern got beaten there twice and I don’t think she handled the track. But I think this filly will handle the track, no problem. I think she will go to Goodwood but I can’t answer which race.”
Earlier on the same Friday as Snow Lantern won for VG Tips subscribers, we enjoyed two other other winners at the same racecourse.
5/1 selection NOBLE TRUTH won the maiden stakes at Newmarket. Well backed on the day, the SP price was a mere 5/2. I followed up at Newmarket when 2/1 tip SANDRINE confirmed the form of her previous victory, winning well in the Group 2 Duchess of Cambridge Stakes.