Sky Lantern wins Coronation Stakes in impressive fashion
Poor draw fails to hold back Richard Hannon’s grey filly at Royal Ascot
Kiyoshi (8-1) put the race to bed decisively when she hit the front, but she hung right across the track. Thankfully for her supporters he was far enough clear not to lose the race or hamper any of her rivals and got home by three and a quarter lengths from the heavily-backed 7-4 favourite Sandiva.
Frankel’s half-sister Joyeuse stayed on strongly for third, just a neck away.
“She was a bit free at the start, but Jamie gave her a lovely, patient ride and there was plenty of pace up front,” said Hills. “She is very laid-back, he gave her a little squeeze. She took off and almost got there too soon. She was breathtaking and showed some turn of foot. We’ll see how she comes out of the race. We’ll have a look at Newmarket for the Cherry Hinton.
Champion jumps trainer Nicky Henderson got on the Royal Ascot scoresheet when Forgotten Voice (12-1) struck in the Wolferton Handicap — his first start on the Flat for 1060 days.
Winner of the Royal Hunt Cup in 2009 for Jeremy Noseda, he was off the track for the best part of two years before returning to action with a win over hurdles at Bangor last July.
Ridden by Johnny Murtagh, who was on board for the Hunt Cup win, he burst through up the inside to hit the front inside the final furlong and score by half a length from Sheikhzayedroad. Henderson said: “He’d had a good winter, I know he’d not run on the Flat, but we kept him ticking over and put him through some starting stalls the other day and he came out like a bullet.
Kevin Ryan’s booking of Neil Callan a month ago paid off as the jockey brought home Lightning Cloud (25-1) to take the Buckingham Palace Stakes. The combination struck with Uhoomagoo in 2006 and Callan also won this race on Eton Forever for Roger Varian 12 months ago,
The grey burst clear inside the final furlong to win by a length and a quarter from Dream Team.
“Neil and I go back a long way. I booked him a month ago as I thought he would suit this horse,” said Ryan. “We had a few things wrong with this horse and we put a few things right in the last three weeks. I’m delighted for Hambleton Racing (owners). They’ve been great supporters of mine for eight years.”