Limato outgunned by Adaay
Limato finally met a match this afternoon after going unbeaten for 5 previous starts and it was Adaay, for William Haggas and Paul Hanagan who proved stronger despite having been beaten by Limato both last summer and on return this season.
Henry Candy’s star was given every chance under Graham Lee but never seemed to travel with the usual free going zest that supporters had become used too and was under pressure much earlier than the eventual winner. Adaay was travelling well behind the pace and when Hanagan asked for an effort closed up quickly and strode on for a length success with Limato clinging on for second spot from New Providence who ran well in third.
Connections for both will now look to the Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot next month and despite defeat Limato still holds ante post favoritism at around 4/1 whilst his conqueror today can be backed at 7/1 – in from 16s after a big improvement this afternoon.
It was a much older speedball in Kingsgate Native who rolled back the years to win the previous contest on the Haydock card the Listed Achilles Stakes. In grand and late swooping fashion under Graham Lee the ten year old proved too strong for an upped in grade Out Do who ran second, with Speed Hawk back in third and there is more life in the 5 time Group winning sprinter, two of those Group 1 contests!
Cheveley Park rep Matthew Sigsworth reported to the Racing Post. “He’s been a grand horse over the years, he won the Nunthorpe at two and the Golden Jubilee at three, but didn’t make it at stud. Robert Cowell has done a great job with him. He loves Haydock but had no sort of run in the Temple and didn’t really have a race there so we decided to run him again. He’s not in at Royal Ascot, we’ll give him a bit of a break now.”
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