Limato: could revert to sprinting in the July Cup
PICTURE: MARK CRANHAM
By Alex Wiltshire 2:27PM 28 JUN 2016
LIMATO is set to drop back in trip to six furlongs to contest the July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday, July 9, provided the ground is suitable, trainer Henry Candy has revealed.
Limato was last seen finishing fourth behind Belardo in the Lockinge Stakes over a mile at Newbury in May but has shown smart form as a sprinter, most notably when finishing runner-up to Muhaarar in the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot last season.
Testing conditions ruled Limato out of competing at this year’s Royal meeting and Candy is hoping that the ground at Newmarket will be more suitable for the son of Tagula, who he reports to be in better shape than ever.
“I think Limato is getting better and better,” Candy told At The Races. “He’s grown and he’s strengthened, it’s just been so frustrating not being able to run him on proper ground.
Should Limato line up in the race it would mean a potential clash against his stablemate and Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner Twilight Son, which Candy admits he would rather avoid.
“It’s a nightmare scenario,” Candy admitted. “I hate running two horses in the same race, but if it does dry up and it is good, summer ground then they’ll both run.”
Limato is currently a top price of 10-1 to take the Group 1 prize, while Twilight Son heads the market at 9-2.
Botti expecting good Charline run in Falmouth
On the Friday of Newmarket’s July meeting, trainer Marco Botti is expecting a good run from his mare Euro Charline in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes.
Having run up to her very best when finishing second in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month, Botti reports that he is delighted with how Euro Charline has been progressing.
“The Falmouth Stakes has been the plan for Euro Charline for a while and I am very keen to run her as long as the ground is not too soft,” Botti said.
“Euro Charline is in great form. I have been happy with her work and I’m delighted that we took an early decision to miss Royal Ascot with her as that allowed me to freshen her up.”
Bookmakers have priced her at a general 12-1, with the market being headed by Royal Ascot winner Usherette at 5-6.