Henry Candy believes Limato is reaching the right shape to fly the flag for Team British Racing in the $ 1 million Al Quoz Sprint on Saturday, March 25.
The Meydan Group 1 has increased in distance from five to six furlongs in 2017 and that should help the cause of the Paul Jacobs-owned five-year-old, who claimed his most notable victory to date over the trip in last season’s Darley July Cup.
Limato has been a distinguished performer for the Candy yard and rounded off his European campaign by landing the Prix de la Foret at Chantilly.
He cost just £41,000 as a yearling at Goffs UK Sales in Doncaster in August 2013 and has now won eight times from 14 starts, earning connections £953,035 in prize money.
Limato was last seen racing on November 5th, when finishing sixth in the $ 2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita, and is likely to fine-tune his preparation with an exercise workout at Kempton.
He will join a strong British-trained contingent at the Dubai World Cup meeting which includes defending champion Postponed in the Dubai Sheema Classic. Prix Jacques Le Marois winner Ribchester and Decorated Knight, successful in last weekend’s Group 1 Jebel Hatta, lead the challenge for the Dubai Turf.
Henry Candy, trainer of Limato, said:
“He’s in great form and I should think he’s probably a little bit short of work but he’s such a free goer all of the time that hopefully we’re nearly there. I would love to give him a bit of work on the grass but it just never stops raining. The horse hates soft ground and I think it would do him more harm than good.
“I shall probably go and ring (clerk of the course) Barney Clifford and see if we can organise a bit of a gallop at Kempton sometime this week and hopefully that would just about put him straight. He’s been ticking over for the last three months so he shouldn’t be too far away.
“The horse keeps himself fit. He’s a very, very active creature and I think if he has one good racecourse gallop then that should be enough.”
Candy is looking forward to representing Team British Racing again and added:
“It’s great to fly the British flag when competing on the global stage and especially lovely to be able to go to these big foreign meetings with a live contender.”
The Wantage-based trainer will again have big plans for his stable star over the coming months. Regarding targets, he said:
“July Cup obviously, Royal Ascot hopefully. He will probably be entered in various other races up to a mile but plan A is definitely sprinting. If ground or horse health or anything like that goes against us, then we have a backup of alternatives.”
Candy won the likes of the Oaks and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Time Charter in the early 1980s and what is now the Juddmonte International with Master Willie.
When asked if Limato was the best horse he has ever trained, Candy replied:
“Impossible to compare generations but I should think the answer’s yes. Airwave was a very, very good filly especially as a two-year-old. After she’d been beaten by Choisir on firm ground at Ascot (2003 Diamond Jubilee Stakes) she was never quite the same but she was seriously brilliant before then. This guy I think is very consistent, he keeps doing it year after year so the answer is yes.”
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