A return to the Rowley Mile prompted Sky Lantern to unleash her very best as the grey settled an old score in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes.
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A fine winner of the 1000 Guineas earlier in the season, Richard Hannon's 7/4 favourite was not just taking on Classic runner-up Just The Judge once again but also Elusive Kate, who beat her in such controversial circumstances in the Falmouth Stakes.
The rematch with Elusive Kate never materialised, as John Gosden's multiple Group One star folded from her prominent position and could only finish fourth, while it was the lightly-raced Integral who made a break for it as Elusive Kate began to drift off a true line.
Really, though, Sir Michael Stoute's filly was slightly flattered to finish as close as a length in the end, with Richard Hughes never needing to get too serious on Sky Lantern as she flashed past Integral with 100 yards to run and confined her modest fifth in the Nassau Stakes firmly to the past.
"Fillies like this don't come along very often and when they do you've got to make the most of them," said Hannon's son and assistant, Richard jnr.
"She's a very special filly being Hughesie's first Classic winner and we all love her.
"She is very strong and always held her condition very well. She has been on the go since April and held her form. She has never given us a moment's worry."
Looking further ahead, Hannon jnr will follow the wishes of owner Ben Keswick.
He said: "She and Elusive Kate are two great fillies and let's hope their rivalry continues. I still think she'll get a mile and a quarter and we might look at that again next year.
"The owner lives in Hong Kong and that is where he wants to go. Whether we look at something like the QEII at Ascot as well, we'll have to see."
Hughes said: "She was very good today and she deserved that. She stumbled once or twice in the race and she was totally asleep, but at the three-pole she came alive.
"My only worry was not getting involved with Elusive Kate again, but luckily enough she drifted just after I quickened."
The incident Hughes referred to when Elusive Kate drifted to the left was approaching the final furlong, and her trainer John Gosden said: "The filly wasn't letting herself down on the ground."
Stoute has a smart older prospect to look forward to in three-year-old Integral, who was having only her fifth start, and he said: "I'm delighted, she's progressing well.
"She won't run again this season but she'll stay on next year."
Duntle looked to be full of running as the event reached a crescendo and while lacking the kick of Sky Lantern, still collected third.
"She's run a good race, you've got to be happy enough and there are no excuses," said trainer David Wachman.
"It depends what the owners want to do, but I'm open to suggestions."
Just The Judge, who won the Irish Guineas but ran badly in the Nassau, cut out much of the running but weakened worryingly in final couple of furlongs and beat only the outsider Chigun home.