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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Everything is looking sweet for Candy's Limato

Limato
Limato

A top-notch card at Haydock helps light up the weekend with Limato promising to be the star of the show in the 888sport Sandy Lane Stakes.

 It is a pity this horse is a gelding, with any Classic dreams over the winter precluded on those grounds.

For few juveniles caught the imagination as much as Henry Candy’s charge last year, with a four-race campaign rounded off with a defeat of the very capable Mattmu at Redcar that had to be seen to be believed.

Candy was a little worried before Limato’s return at Ascot last month that he had perhaps not been showing the same brilliance on the gallops at home, but he need not have worried as his star took his run to five with a straightforward performance. It will be a major surprise if he is beaten and all roads should continue to lead to Royal Ascot and the inaugural Commonwealth Cup.

It could be a big afternoon for Candy, with his Music Master the pick in the 888sport Achilles Stakes. The five-year-old showed he can mix at the very highest level with valiant efforts in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and the Sprint Cup at this track last season.

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