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Lantern beaming for Solera

Richard Hannon believes a rise in trip will bring out the best in Sky Lantern in the German-Thoroughbred.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket.

The unbeaten daughter of Red Clubs could hardly have been more impressive on her racecourse bow at Goodwood in late May, after which she secured Listed honours at Naas.

Sky Lantern makes her first appearance since early June and steps up to seven furlongs for the first time.

"She was impressive when winning her Listed race at Naas, but we purposely gave Royal Ascot a miss as it would not have done her any good mentally taking on the speed merchants in the Albany," the Wiltshire handler told his website, www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"She has plenty of pace, but this step up to seven furlongs was always going to be the right progression, and she has thrived for a break."

Godolphin are represented by course winner Certify, with trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni not expecting the faster ground to prove a problem.

Al Zarooni told www.godolphin.com: "Certify won her maiden well and she has been in good form since then.

"I think that seven furlongs will be no problem.

"She was going away from the field at Newmarket and I expect the step up in distance to suit her.

"It was soft ground for her debut but she should have no problem with faster going. She works on Tapeta at home and that surface rides quite quickly.

"She has done nothing wrong so far and now we have to find out how good she is."

Reyaadah also won at this venue on her debut for Charlie Hills.

The Berkshire trainer said: "She's a filly we've always really liked.

"She won her maiden over six furlongs but she's crying out for seven and this race has been the target for a while.

"It's a big step up in class for her and it looks a good race, but we're quite hopeful she'll up to it.

"She's a nice, tall filly and hopefully she'll run a really good race."

Redressthebalance is the fourth unbeaten filly in the line-up, having won at Bath and Ascot.

Trainer Ralph Beckett is confident she can take in her stride a step up from handicap company to Group class.

He said: "It's obviously a big leap from a fillies' nursery to a Group Three, but she's done absolutely nothing wrong and she goes there with confidence high.

"The ground will suit and we obviously know the trip suits, so I'm quite optimistic about her chances.

"Going to Ascot I was pretty sure we were ahead of the game regarding her handicap mark and I was pretty hopeful she'd go very close that day.

"She's up to 84 now and I would think she could be competitive in nursery company off that mark, but I also hope, and think, she can be competitive in a Group Three.

"There is not a whole lot of her, but fingers crossed she runs very well."

The hat-trick-seeking Dream Maker, Fantacise, Momalorka and Savanna La Mar complete the eight-strong field.