Just The Judge camp relishing Sky Lantern challenge

Sky Lantern ridden by Richard Hughes (left) goes on to win the QIPCO 1000 Guineas stakes during the 1000 Guineas Day of the QIPCO Festival at Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk.
Sky Lantern ridden by Richard Hughes (left) goes on to win the QIPCO 1000 Guineas stakes during the 1000 Guineas Day of the QIPCO Festival at Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk.
Markov and jockey Tom Bellamyon their way to victory. Picture: Fontwell Park

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Qatar Bloodstock are hoping it will be a case of third time lucky for Just The Judge at Goodwood.

The Lawman filly has been beaten by the brilliant Sky Lantern in the 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes this season.

In between, the Charlie Hills-trained three-year-old produced a superb display to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

Now the pair are set to face off again in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes over 10 furlongs on Saturday, August 3 – the final day of the Glorious festival.

And owners Qatar Bloodstock are relishing the challenge.

Their spokesman, John Maxse, said: ‘I think Charlie is keen to go to the Nassau with Just The Judge.

‘He wants to step her up to a mile and a quarter, which should suit.

‘By the sounds of it, we are going to have a rematch with Sky Lantern.

‘But Sheikh Fahad and Qatar Racing love a challenge, so the fact we have been beaten by her twice won’t deter them.’

Richard Hannon, trainer of Sky Lantern, this week launched an appeal against the stewards’ decision after his filly was second to Elusive Kate in the Falmouth Stakes on Friday.

Sky Lantern was carried across the track by the winner, while her jockey Richard Hughes revealed she was hit in the head by her rival’s whip.

Regardless of the result, Hannon & Co are keen on a bid for Nassau glory.

So, too, are Godolphin and they are set to run their dual Group 1 winner Sajjhaa.

Simon Crisford, the Godolphin racing manager, said: ‘A mile and a quarter is stretching her but she will go for it.’