LIMATO was expected to be the star of the show at Haydock on Saturday only to have his unbeaten bubble burst by Adaay in the 888sport Sandy Lane Stakes.
Henry Candy’s Limato had twice beaten the 6-1 winner during his five-race streak and unsurprisingly it was that pair emerging to fight out the finish of this newly-upgraded Group Two affair.
However, it was Adaay who emerged a one-length winner for William Haggas and the pair could now clash again at Royal Ascot.
The winning trainer said: “He will now go for the Commonwealth Cup at Ascot.”
Candy was pleased with Limato in defeat, but felt underfoot conditions may have blunted his acceleration.
He said: “We just have to hope it warms up before Ascot.”
At the other end of the scale, veteran Kingsgate Native showed the young guns the way home in the 888sport Achilles Stakes.
Now a 10-year-old, he powered home by a length and a quarter for Graham Lee but connections are likely to resist the lure of another Royal Ascot run.
Peacock gave the form of ante-post Investec Derby favourite Golden Horn a timely boost after clinching a comfortable victory in the winner.co.uk Fairway Stakes at Newmarket.
Having finished second behind John Gosden’s unbeaten colt on his last outing, the Richard Hannon-trained winner stamped his authority over his rivals stepping up to a mile and a quarter in the Listed contest.
John Warren said: He will go for the Tercentenary Stakes (at Royal Ascot), as that is the plan we had talked about with the trainer.”