Trainer Candy fears Quiet Reflection in July Cup


Twilight Son is favourite for Saturday’s Darley July Cup

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 By Bruce Jackson 7:33AM 5 JUL 2016 

HENRY CANDY has the favourite for Saturday’s Darley July Cup in Twilight Son, but believes it should be the flying younger filly Quiet Reflection who heads the market.


There are 19 possibles for the Group 1 feature after King’s Stand winner Profitable was supplemented yesterday, and Candy is double-handed with Limato, well backed over the weekend to be just two points longer than his stablemate, who is 4-1.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if Limato beat Twilight Son – the BHA handicapper thinks he will as he has Limato rated 2lb higher, which I think is fair enough,” said Candy as he paraded his two hopes at his Wantage stables yesterday.

Candy qualified this by adding that, while Limato “wears his heart on his sleeve and is a dramatic horse to watch”, Twilight Son “is a more gritty workman who gets the job done”.

Consequently, Twilight Son has bragging rights with two Group 1 wins, while Limato has the fan club and higher public profile.

Limato target weather-dependent

In Candy’s eyes Limato’s most impressive performances last year came in winning the Group 2 Park Stakes at Doncaster and making up an amazing amount of ground in his Group 1 defeat in the Prix de la Foret.

Limato has a weather-insurance entry in the Group 2 Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile at Ascot on Saturday, with Candy mindful Newmarket’s July course can attract thunderstorms at this meeting.

“Limato would love fast ground, which would hamper Twilight Son and Quiet Reflection,” said Candy, who gave his assessment of his main rivals among the 19 from which Home On The Range and The Tin Man were notable absentees.

This included Quiet Reflection, who is bidding to emulate last year’s Commonwealth Cup winner Muhaarar in following up in the Newmarket feature.

“If I was a bookmaker I’d make Quiet Reflection favourite – she has a hell of a change of gear,” said Candy.

“If Profitable gets the trip he’d be a serious rival, but it’s a surprise to me he’s been supplemented as he looks a five-furlong horse. However, Clive Cox is far from an idiot and is having a great season.”

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