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Snow Lantern leads 13 in pursuit of the Sun Chariot crown |  Race News

Snow Lantern leads a field of 13 for the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes in Newmarket on Saturday.

Richard Hannon’s gray already has a Group 1 win at Newmarket, although her Falmouth success came on the July course and this time she will tackle the Rowley Mile.

She has since finished third in the Sussex Stakes and fourth in the Prix du Moulin. Sean Levey will once again be in the game.

Mother Earth will represent Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore. She was supposed to travel to Australia for a precious event, but the sad loss of Santa Barbara saw her plans change.

The 1000 Guineas winner has been ultra-consistent, adding the Rothschild Prize to her record as she suffered a tough stint in Matron Stakes third on her last outing.

The winner of this race was Jessica Harrington’s No Speak Alexander in a golden afternoon for the team and she will have the chance to confirm form with Mother Earth.

Last year’s Matron winner was Johnny Murtagh’s Champers Elysees and she will make the trip with the aim of giving her master another British grand prize.

Epona Plays and Donnacha O’Brien’s Shale, coached by Willie McCreery, complete the Irish challenge.

Just Beautiful was a popular winner at the St Leger reunion for Ivan Furtado and the filly returns to Group 1 company with not too much to find with Snow Lantern and Mother Earth due to her sixth place finish at Falmouth.

Lavender’s Blue by Amanda Perrett, who beat Benbatl in the Celebration Mile, is another with high profile claims.

Saffron Beach, Fev Rover, Primo Bacio, Dreamloper and Tahlie complete the peloton.

Andrew Balding’s alcohol-free schedule was not declared, but the coach had said the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes was his preferred option.

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