Candy keeps Limato faith

08 September 2018 12:12:30 EST

Henry Candy is still adamant that former July Cup hero Limato can nail another top-level success before his racing days are done.

The six-year-old has come up short in three Group One races this season, including an eight-length defeat in the July Cup at Newmarket.

He regained the winning thread at Headquarters last month, scoring in a 6f Listed event under Martin Harley.

Candy will hope to see Limato take another step in the right direction when he runs in the Ryedale House Garrowby Stakes at York on Sunday over the same six-furlong trip.

The trainer believes victory on the Knavesmire could be a prelude to a return to elite success for Limato.

I do think he can claim another Group One, as he really looks fantastic now.

Henry Candy

"It was a wonderful moment at Newmarket. The horse enjoyed it as much as we did. You could see by his ears and his expression he was just happy the whole way through," said the trainer.

"He is in fantastic form, touch wood. It is only a Listed race, but it is a lovely race.

"The Sprint Cup was on the agenda and had it been decent ground we would have declared."

Should all go to plan for Limato at York then a trip to Longchamp for the Prix de la Foret - a race he won in 2016 – could be next up.

"He has got four potential races afterwards really. There is the Bengough at Ascot. The Champions Sprint at Ascot in late October will almost be too soft and he has got the Challenge at Newmarket, but the most likely is the Foret," he added.

"I do think he can claim another Group One, as he really looks fantastic now."

Limato's York rivals include the Dean Ivory-trained dual July Cup runner-up Tropics and this year's Stewards' Cup second Justanotherbottle from the yard of Declan Carroll.

The field is completed by Kimberella for Richard Fahey, Kevin Ryan's Stormbringer and the Richard Hughes-trained Perfect Angel.

Limato is 4/9 to win at York on Sunday, with Tropics 20/1 and Justanotherbottle trading at 9/2.

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