Limato ‘brilliant’ ahead of departure to USA for Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita


Limato and his groom Amy Scott. Pic: Courtesy of Great British Racing.

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HENRY CANDY has described Limato as ‘out of the ordinary’ ahead of his stable star’s departure to the United States to contest the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita on November 5.

Limato – whose future potential was highlighted by Horse Talk when he won his second race at Kempton Park as a two-year-old – leaves the UK on Saturday (October 29) for America where Candy expects him to relish the forecast fast ground.

The Darley July Cup and Prix de la Foret winner is set to clash with the American-trained Queen Anne Stakes winner Tepin in the US$2million contest that has attracted a field of 14 runners and Candy says his charge as in ‘brilliant’ form.

“I am very excited about going to America with Limato and am looking forward to it – it’s going to be a good outing. I’ve never been there before, apart from on holiday,” Candy said.

“Limato has been absolutely brilliant since the Foret and will be flying out to Santa Anita on Saturday, while I will get there on Wednesday.”

“The plan is to do very little with him after he arrives, we might have just one little pipe-opener [piece of work] with him, we’ll see how he travels and what his appetite is like. If he’s his usual relaxed self he might just need one little pipe-opener.”

“He’s a very clean-winded horse so if he just canters [after he gets there] I think that will be fine. We will just see how he looks.”

“He’s been a good rainmaker of late [encountering unwanted rain in the days leading up to an intended big race outing] but I think the ground out there is going to be rattling fast, which is what we’ve been looking for all year, so no excuses on that front.”

“My preference for him has always been the Mile and I would have been perfectly happy if Tepin had won last time. I think our horse is out of the ordinary so I’m ready for the big match.”

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