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Santa Anita

  • 21:28 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf 1m

  • (Grade 1) $1,000,000 added 2yo 14 ran
  • Winner $638,800 2nd $197,800 3rd $98,899 4th $49,299
  • Surface: Turf
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  • Off time: 21:36:10

Lantern team confident

Hannon Jnr feeling confident

Last Updated: 01/11/12 1:23pm

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Sky Lantern: Santa Anita favourite

Sky Lantern: Santa Anita favourite

Richard Hannon junior believes his Juvenile Fillies Turf favourite Sky Lantern represents the team's best ever chance of grabbing an elusive first winner at the Breeders' Cup.

Champion trainer Richard Hannon has not enjoyed much luck at the high-octane American meeting, with Paco Boy and Strong Suit failing to fire in the last two renewals of the Breeders' Cup Mile.

However, Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Sky Lantern is drawn well in stall three and with the fast ground at Santa Anita in her favour, connections are in confident mood.

Hannon junior, the trainer's son and assistant, said: "She's the top-rated horse by 5lb and although they tell me the filly from Canada (Spring Venture) is very good, we'll have to see about that.

"She's starting to go in her coat, which isn't surprising as it's turned quite cold in the UK now.

"We're pleased to be running for the amount of money on offer as it's more she would get for winning the Guineas.

"We have been much luckier with the draw than we were last year with Strong Suit and, hopefully, Sky Lantern will handle the turns better than Paco Boy did at Churchill Downs the previous year.

"The fast ground will suit her and she's by the far our best chance of a Breeders' Cup winner."

Andover handler Ralph Beckett is looking forward to saddling Waterway Run, the mount of Frankie Dettori.

She has won three of her four starts in Britain, including the Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket in late September.

Beckett said: "She's travelled here fine and is a very straightforward filly.

"When you think she was assigned at the breeze-ups at Cork, you can say she's been around and I think she has the presence to handle herself well.

"Martin (Schwartz) bought into the filly to the tune of 50 per cent, though ultimately he will own her outright.

"He's had some very good horses such as Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Samitar."

The third and final British contender is the Jeremy Noseda-trained The Gold Cheongsam, a three-time winner who wears blinkers for the first time and will be ridden by William Buick.

Noseda said: "She's a tough filly. We would have a bit to find, but we think she might prefer firm ground which she should get here.

"She's had a lot of experience, she's battle-hardened. A fast-ground mile on an oval track could just be right up her street. She just could perform better here than she has done in any of her European races.

"Things didn't go right for her in the Cheveley Park, six furlongs is too sharp for her now.

"It was a disappointing run on the day, but we came back from it and ran the following week over seven. We nearly didn't run because the ground was very soft which she doesn't want.

"I think she will put in a bold show. To me she has a chance of getting a piece of it. Winning may be asking a bit too much but we are in there with a good shot, so we'll give it a go."

Second in the betting behind Sky Lantern is the Canadian challenger Spring Venture.

Mark Casse's youngster is unbeaten in three appearances.

The trainer's son and assistant Norm Casse told "She's trained really well since she's been here. She's a bit quirky, so we try not to change things up too much for her. She seems to like it here and her last two works at Churchill Downs were extremely good, so we're excited to run her."

Aidan O'Brien's Infanta Branca is first reserve.

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