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Star trio set for Falmouth

Sky Lantern will have to stop impressive Royal Ascot winners Rizeena and Integral if she is to go a place better in Friday's QIPCO Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

The popular Richard Hannon-trained grey lost out by a neck 12 months ago when beaten in a rough and controversial renewal by Elusive Kate but went on to land the Sun Chariot Stakes.

Sky Lantern is believed to have needed her comeback outing, when fifth behind Integral in the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes, but the winner is in also in the seven-strong line-up as well as third-placed Purr Along.

"Her form's better than that," jockey Richard Hughes told At The Races.

"She was a little bit big, she'll come on for the run, but she'll have to."

Clive Brittain's Rizeena wiped away her disappointing performance in the 1000 Guineas by taking the Coronation Stakes at the Royal meeting but is still to show her best on home soil.

With previous riders Hughes, Ryan Moore and James Doyle all unavailable, Rizeena will be partnered by leading French jockey Olivier Peslier for the first time.

Three other fillies are in the Group One field, with Certify aiming to return to her level in Dubai after a poor Royal Ascot run.

Peace Burg, only seventh in the Duke Of Cambridge, went on to take fifth in the Pretty Polly Stakes, while Charlie Hills' smart two-year-old Kiyoshi must do better than her comeback effort behind Rizeena in Berkshire.