Harry Bentley: rides Limato in the July Cup on Saturday
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By Lewis Porteous 6:45PM 3 JUL 2016
LIMATO‘s jockey Harry Bentley thinks that stablemate Twilight Son will prove ‘very hard to beat’ in Saturday’s July Cup, the feature race on the final day of Newmarket’s July meeting.
On a day when his mount Limato was backed across the boards into a general price of 8-1 from 10-1, Bentley put forward a strong word for Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner Twilight Son, who heads the July Cup betting at a top price of 9-2.
Quoted in the Monday Jury, Bentley said: “Twilight Son is going to be very hard to beat. He never does too much at home and ran like he needed his comeback run at York.
“He put in a great performance to win at Ascot, but he’s a big horse who carries plenty of condition and should be in tip-top shape now with this being his third run.”
Limato has had just the one run this season, when he finished fourth under Bentley in the one-mile Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, and missed an intended engagement at Royal Ascot as the testing going was deemed unsuitable by trainer Henry Candy.
There has been plenty of wet weather about recently but Candy will be pleased to hear that Newmarket has missed the worst of it and the going is currently good.
Speaking on Sunday, clerk of the course Michael Prosser said: “We got off very lightly yesterday so the rainfall over the last few days has been minimal and it’s spot-on good ground.
“The forecast to Wednesday looks as if any showers will be lighter in nature and quite isolated so the course will continue to improve.”
The July meeting commences on Thursday and Prosser warned that the start of the three-day fixture could coincide with a change to the favourable weather.
“There is uncertainty about Thursday, Friday and Saturday; it really is a moveable feast,” he added.
Read more of Harry Bentley’s thoughts in Monday’s Racing Post – available on iPad from 8pm