Limato: could head to the Breeders’ Cup later in the year
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By Mark Storey 7:00PM 11 JUL 2016
HENRY CANDY has never had runner at the Breeders’ Cup but that could all change on November 5 after he pointed his July Cup winner Limato towards Santa Anita.
Limato will get entries in both the Turf Sprint over six and a half furlongs and the Mile for what could be his next run if the ground is too soft for Group 1 engagements at Deauville and Haydock.
Candy, who met owner Paul Jacobs on Monday to discuss plans, said about the four-year-old: “We’ll look at the Maurice de Gheest at Deauville and the Haydock Sprint, but if it came up soft there does not look a lot else for him before the Breeders’ Cup.
“I’ve never had a runner before at the Breeders’ Cup but now I have the right horse. I’ve always followed it closely and it will be a great thing if we go there. It’s lovely, I feel very lucky.”
Limato did not appear to see out the mile of the Lockinge on his seasonal return in May and, despite thriving back over six furlongs on quick ground under Harry Bentley at Newmarket last Saturday, Candy, 71, still believes the longer trip could be within his compass.
The trainer said: “He’s a top-class sprinter and whether he gets a mile is still open to question, so he will probably have entries in both the sprint race and mile race at the Breeders’ Cup. We’ll jolly well have to make our minds up before then.”
Candy feels the Maurice de Gheest, over six and a half furlongs on August 7, gives Limato sufficient time to recover from the July Cup, with the Sprint Cup on September 3 also on the table.
He said: “The Maurice de Gheest is the right timing, four weeks after the July Cup, but if the conditions are not right there, or at Haydock, I would not have a problem sending him straight to Santa Anita. He’s such a clean-winded and active horse it would be no problem at all. Santa Anita is a good turf track and it would probably be his ground.
“He has changed a lot physically. He’s a reasonably-sized horse now, whereas before he was small and whippity. We knew we didn’t want to have too much racing with him and he was flying before Newmarket.”