A showdown between the 2013 English and Irish One Thousand Guineas winners looks set for the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) June 21, the penultimate day of the Royal Ascot meeting.
Ben Keswick's Sky Lantern defeated Just The Judge by a half-length in the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) May 5 at Newmarket. Trainer Richard Hannon gave the winner a break afterward, but Just The Judge returned three weeks later at the Curragh to score by 1 1/2 lengths in the Edihad Airways Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I).
Sky Lantern has won half her eight starts, including the Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire) last September at the Curragh before finishing eighth behind Flotilla in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) to close the season. She was making her second start of the year in the English Guineas, following a runner-up finish in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes (Eng-III) April 17 at Newmarket in her 2013 debut.
The Red Clubs filly currently is pegged at 4-1 odds for the Coronation. Just The Judge, by Lawman, is the 5-2 favorite.
Trained by Charlie Hills for Qatar Racing and the Sangster family, Just The Judge was making her season debut in the English Guineas after a perfect 3-for-3 record as a juvenile, including back-to-back stakes wins topped by the Vision.ae Rockfel Stakes (Eng-II) Oct. 13 at Newmarket in her 2013 finale.
"There's a lot of speculation about the rematch with Sky Lantern and we are looking forward to what should be a great spectacle," Hills said on his website. "She's continued to be in great form at home since her win in Ireland and (jockey) Jamie Spencer was very pleased when he rode her on Saturday morning (June 15)."
Other top contenders include Irish stakes winner Big Break (by Dansili), who was fourth in the Irish Guineas for trainer Dermot Weld, and Pavlosk (Arch), who is perfect in two career starts and makes her group debut for Sir Michael Stoute. Both fillies are owned by Khalid Abdullah.
Also entered is Mrs. K. Lavery's Viztoria (Oratorio), winner of Athasi Stakes (Ire-III) May 6 at the Curragh for her third win from four career starts. She is trained by Edward Lynam.