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Falmouth Stakes: Snow Lantern shines to win thriller finish at Newmarket defeating Mother Earth and Alcohol Free
Falmouth Stakes: Snow Lantern shines to win thriller finish at Newmarket defeating Mother Earth and Alcohol Free
Falmouth Stakes: Snow Lantern shines to win thriller finish at Newmarket defeating Mother Earth and Alcohol Free
Horse racing Falmouth Stakes: Snow Lantern shines to win thriller finish at Newmarket defeating...

Falmouth Stakes: Snow Lantern shines to win thriller finish at Newmarket defeating Mother Earth and Alcohol Free

Snow Lantern finished second in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, behind Alcohol-Free and ahead of Mother Earth, but won the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

Snow Lantern turned the Tattersalls Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket on its head by defeating Mother Earth and Alcohol-Free in an exciting finish.

Richard Hannon has never hidden his admiration for the filly, who is a daughter of Sky Lantern and won the 1000 Guineas for the yard.

Hannon will feel vindicated after Sky Lantern was deemed an unlucky loser in the 2013 renewal of this Group One, especially because this filly is homebred out of Frankel.

The trio prevailed once again, with Lady Bowthorpe attempting to gatecrash the party but arriving too late, having finished second to Alcohol-Free at Royal Ascot, with Guineas winner Mother Earth just behind in third that day.

Mother Earth was keeping a careful eye on Alcohol-Free as she attempted to make everything against the far fence.

Sean Levey got stopped behind horses just as the pace rose, and he gave Primo Bacio a nudge while starting his run, so he had a few stressful minutes wondering if he was going to get a run.

The grey, on the other hand, picked up and raced home with an incredible run to win by a half-length at 6-1.

Mother Earth was a neck ahead of Alcohol-Free, with the same back to Lady Bowthorpe, who had to come in the widest of the bunch.

“It’s very nice for the breeders,” an emotional Hannon added. In terms of her mother, there was a score to be settled today. Sky Lantern came here and was chased out by a good filly, Elusive Katie, late in the game. It didn’t work out for her. There was none of that today. I’m ecstatic for them.

“She had a bad day at Ascot.” She’s a one-of-a-kind filly.”

According to Levey: “Every run has taught her something new. It’s a shame she didn’t run in the Guineas, but she has shown in York that she was immature and still had a lot to learn.

“It’s taken her a few steps to get here, and she owes it to everyone in the yard. They’ve done an incredible job. It’s great for everyone that it’s all come to fruition now because she’s not the easiest.

“Because she’s known to be sharp, I was limited in what I could do tactically with her.” She walked out of the gate with a calm demeanour. When they came over to that rail, I realised I had to hold my ground while trying to calm her down. I thought it would be difficult to get out of there.

“It just so happened that I was able to switch her around in time to pick them up.”

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