Limato Scorches Rivals
Henry Candy produced a star performer on successive Saturdays as Limato, the 9/2 favourite, streaked away from his rivals to win the Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes by three and three-quarter lengths. His three-year-old contemporary Markaz was next best in the Group Two seven-furlong contest, with Breton Rock a length and a quarter third.
Seven days earlier, Candy had saddled Twilight Son to take the Haydock Sprint Cup. “Watching the pair of them work upsides, not doing anything too much, you’d have to say they are both a bit special.”
Limato, who won his first five races, regained the winning thread after being beaten by Muhaarar in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. “I’ve always kept the faith,” said Candy, “and I was desperate to get him back racing as he’s just been going up and down the gallops since Ascot. He has now grown up a bit, got a bit of a physical presence to him, some stature. And that makes it all easier for him, so he comes forward mentally as well.
The Tagula gelding had been campaigned over six furlongs until today. “The way he won today you’d say he’d get a mile,” said Candy, “which he’s actually bred to do, and which opens up all sorts of exciting possibilities for next year. But the Prix de la Foret over seven is the next most likely possibility.
“Now he has got a bit older and stronger, I think he can handle good to soft, which opens up a lot more opportunities, as does his ability to get the trip. I think he might get lost in the sprinting world now if he is going to be that laidback early on. He does quicken up amazingly, so I suppose he could get himself out of trouble over six but I think I would be happier over seven and, having watched that, you wouldn’t rule out a mile
“It was very exciting and Andrea couldn’t believe the gears he’s got – he said: ‘thank God he is a good horse, he got me out of trouble.’ He goes to sleep in the stalls completely. Graham [Lee, jockey] said that he was resting a leg in the stalls when he won at Redcar and he jumped so fast, he nearly fell out of the back. Today, he went to sleep and stayed asleep – he got into every bit of trouble imaginable but, as soon as he sees any daylight, he’s a great help to any jockey.”
Andrea Atzeni was all smiles following the success of Limato (9/2 favourite) in the seven-furlong Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes.
The three-year-old travelled beautifully for Atzeni in the midfield before unleashing a devastating turn of foot inside the final furlong to record a facile three and three-quarter length success.
Atzeni said: “I thought he was very good. He was a little bit slow early on and therefore slow to get into stride, but he came good halfway.
“We were then just waiting for a gap. This horse has got gears and can quicken. He gave me a great ride and I was very lucky to get the ride on him.”
Atzeni was also confident that the son of Tagula would get a mile. He remarked: “The way he ran today it looks like he could get that sort of trip. He is more switched off compared to when he was a two-year-old.
“He is now a little more laidback and getting used to getting out of the stalls well but not as quick so I really think he can get a mile, especially given the way he won there going away..”
Atzeni was also positive over the chance of Simple Verse who is the only filly in the final British Classic of the season, the Ladbrokes St Leger. He added: “I see her running a big race. Whether she is good enough to win a St Leger I don’t know but I can see her running well. She stays which is a good thing.”
Trainer Barry Hills was pleased with the performance of Markaz after the 20/1 shot made up a lot of ground in the closing stages to finish the three and three quarter length runner-up to runaway winner Limato in the Group Two Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes at Doncaster this afternoon.
The three-year-old had the every horse in front of him as the field passed the halfway stage and, although he had no match for the winner’s finishing kick, he stayed on strongly to claim second, a length and a quarter in front of third placed Breton Rock.
Hills was happy enough with his colt following the race and revealed he could head to Newmarket on his next start.
“He’s run a good race,” said the trainer.
“They went very quick but he’s stayed on well enough. The winner is a good horse. I think he’ll head to Newmarket for the Challenge Stakes (October 9) next over seven furlongs.”
Trainer David Simcock was also pleased with the performance of Breton Rock.
“He’s run well,” said Simcock.
“He’s better on softer ground and has run right up to his best. We’ve no excuses.”
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