HENRY CANDY has been around the block long enough to take adversity in his stride and, after a slow start, the master of Kingston Warren is happy to report his team has a fully clean bill of health as the busy mid-Summer racing programme is in full swing.
Only four winners have been accumulated so far but Henry has still amassed the creditable total of over £425,000 in prize money with Twilight Son's victory in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes contributing a healthy £340,000 to the bank balance.
Twilight Son could well bid to enhance his position as one of best Sprinters in training at present in the July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday and the fast ground loving Limato could provide a menacing two-pronged challenge for the jewel of Newmarket's three-day July meeting.
Candy said: "It is hard to put your finger on it but a lot of scopes and trachea washes were a bit cloudy earlier in the season. Nothing grew on them so we couldn't treat them and the vet's idea, and he was probably right, was that it was just a pollen allergy.
"The horses were just not finishing but we appear to be over that and the last few runners we have had have run well."
With an important weekend ahead of him, Henry kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about his team for the coming months.
CHAIN OF DAISIES
4 b f Rail Link - Puya
Winner of four of her 11 starts. Had a cracking 2015 which culminated in a fourth success in a listed contest at Newmarket (1m 2f) in October when beating Crystal Zvezda a neck. Currently rated 101.
"She ran a good race at Newcastle the other evening and finished fifth in a listed Fillies race. She carried a penalty that day and she is going off to York on July 22 for a similar mile and a quarter listed Fillies race but this time without a penalty. I would be hopeful she would get in the money there."
8 b h Aussie Rules - Moving Diamonds
Winner of six of his 49 starts. Last victory at Leicester (7f) in October when beating Hillbilly Boy a length and three quarters of a mark 101. Currently rated 101.
"He looks better than ever which is amazing for an eight-year-old that he is still full of enthusiasm and just found the Wokingham a bit on the sharp side for him at Ascot the other day. He is going to run over seven furlongs in the Bunbury Cup which seems to suit him a lot better now and we would hope he would run a good race there."
5 b h Dubawi - Katrina
Winner of two of his 5 starts. Last win at Newmarket (1m) in October when beating Tatting five lengths off a mark of 76. Currently rated 87.
"He's a nice horse and is temporarily off but he will be back in next week. He's just had a rest and got a bit jarred up earlier in the year. I would be hopeful he will at last be able to show his true potential this Autumn. I think he's a miler, he bred to get further but he's pretty quick and a mile will be his trip in decent handicaps."
4 b f Kodiac - Christa Maria
Winner of two of her 8 starts. Returned to winning form latest outing at Newbury (1m) in June when scoring by a head from Weld Al Emarat off a mark of 81. Currently rated 83.
"She's a useful filly on her day and not easy to catch right. When she's well she's very useful and she was very game at Newbury the other day over a mile. I think seven furlongs is actually her trip but she stuck on well at Newbury and loves making the running. She is a big long striding filly who will definitely win again."
4 b g Tagula - Come April
Winner of six of his 10 starts. Creditable effort on his reappearance in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury (1m) in May when fourth, beaten two and a half lengths, to Belardo. Currently rated 119.
"He's in great form and we are just waiting for some decent Summer ground. If it come up good at Newmarket he may run in the July Cup at Newmarket. I think he probably got the mile in the Lockinge in the Spring as the ground was a bit tacky and our horses weren't in great shape at the time. He certainly get seven furlongs very well and a mile might just be an option. He is working as well as ever."
4 ch f Sir Percy - New Light
Winner of two of her 15 starts. Beaten only three quarters of a length when runner-up to Third Rock at Windsor (1m 2f) in June off a mark of 73. Currently rated 72.
"A wonderfully game filly - I don't think she's ever run a bad race in her life and pays the price with the handicapper. She ran another smashing race at Windsor last week and was beaten by an improving three-year-old whom she was giving weight too. We will definitely find another race for her as she's very enthusiastic."
4 b f Three Valleys - Postage Stampe
Winner of one of her 7 starts. Currently rated 79."
"She was very disappointing last time and I don't know why. We ran all the usual tests on her and nothing showed up. She seems well again now and is very game and a lovely filly. I would hope we can get her in the winner's enclosure again quite soon."
SON OF AFRICA
4 b g Equiano - Generously Gifted
Winner of three of his 12 starts. Creditable effort when fifth, beaten three and three quarter lengths to Green Door off his current mark of 95 at Newmarket in June.
"He has become quite a difficult ride and wants a lot of kidding. He just saw a bit too much daylight at Newmarket last time but was travelling really well until then. When everything slots right for him he will win a decent race but he's not the most straightforward."
5 b m Assertive - Twilight Mistress
Winner of one of her 11 starts. Ran well at Newbury (6f) last week when beaten only half a length by Silver Rainbow off her current mark of 83.
"She is a very useful mare and she is on a good handicap mark. She is another who is a bit tricky to ride and she just got into a bit too much trouble at Newbury last Thursday evening and just got pipped, She's a mare with huge ability and will definitely win races."
4 b c Kyllachy - Twilight Mistress
Winner of six of his 8 starts. Won his first five races which culminated in a Group 1 success from Strath Burn in the Sprint Cup at Haydock (6f) last September. Gained a second success at the highest level in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot (6f) in June when holding Gold-Fun by a neck. Currently rated 117.
"It was a wonderful result at Royal Ascot and he's a possible for the July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday. Obviously, he now just sticks to Group 1 Sprints and things like the Maurice de Gheest and the Sprint Cup at Haydock would also be on the agenda. He's turn into a proper animal and is a good looking horse."
b f Dutch Art - Zarwala
Has finished third in two of her three starts. Currently rated 63.
"She is a nice filly at an ordinary level and definitely wants a furlong or two more - she's not a sprinter. She is on a decent handicap mark so we will probably try and her at Sandown next. She should definitely win a race or two."
b f Bahamian Bounty - Black Belt Shopper
Winner of one of her 3 starts. Off the mark at Kempton (6f) last September when beating Porta Rosa four and a half lengths. Promising reappearance at Leicester (6f) in May when third, beaten four and a half lengths, to Taneen off her current mark of 90.
"She is a nice filly who ran a good race at Leicester when just needing it and she will probably run in the big three-year-old sprint handicap at the July meeting. She seems to be in good form and we like her. She would want go on good ground and would like fast ground but wouldn't want it soft."
ch f Champs Elysees - Presbyterian Nun
Promise in four maiden from a mile to one mile four furlongs. Currently rated 73.
"She's a very big filly who was been a little bit weak up to now. The further she goes the better - she has run well in quite decent maidens and hasn't got the best handicap mark but I think she should be able to win one over a mile and a half or perhaps a mile and six."
ch g Medicean - Free Offer
Unplaced in five starts. Currently rated 63.
"He is slightly fragile but very able and I think when we can get him right he will definitely win a race or two. He suffers a little bit with his back from time to time."
b g Dick Turpin - Creative Mind
No wins from 5 starts. Came closest to victory when runner-up, beaten a length and a quarter, to Saeedan at Kempton (6f) in April. Currently rated 72.
"He is just coming to himself now and was just growing and growing. I think he's just about got there and has plenty of ability but is not the best handicapped horse. I think we will head him off Salisbury at the end of the week as he's working well."
b f Hellvelyn - Talampaya
Winner of two of her 5 starts. Highly creditable effort in the Group 1 Commonwealth Cup at Royal Ascot (6f) in June when fourth, beaten two and a half lengths, to Quiet Reflection. Currently rated 108.
"I was very pleased with her run at Royal Ascot and I think she's probably come on again for that. She's a smashing great big filly and we are going to send her off for a Group 3 Fillies race at York this week."
b f Bushranger - Come April
Unplaced in three outings, on debut at Windsor and this year at Newbury and again at Windsor over a mile.
"She's been very backward mentally and physically but she ran reasonable races at Newbury and Windsor this season."
b c Medicean - Quintrell
Placed third in one of his four starts. Unplaced to Manson, beaten five and three quarter lengths at Sandown (1m) in May off his current mark of 78.
"It has been really frustrating with him this year as he's a real top of the ground horse. He has been to the races a couple of times and not run hoping the ground would be ok. He's in good form and is in at Newbury this week."
b f Kodiac - Nassma
No wins in four runs. Finished fourth, beaten a length and three quarters, to Eternally on her handicap debut at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) in June off her current mark of 69.
"She has been a hard one to evaluate being by Kodiac out of a Saddler's Wells mare. She has been tried at sprint trips but she does want a trip but she can be keen early on in her races. I am just looking for another mile fillies handicap in the next week or two. She seems to be in quite good form so I would hope she would get her head in front soon."
b c Kyllachy - Peace Concluded
Winner of one of his 9 starts. Off the mark at Lingfield (7f) in April when beating Banish three quarters of a length. Currently rated 82.
"He has been a little bit of an enigma for us. He has raced pretty keen for us once or twice so we got him settled in behind the other day and it took him a long time to pick up. We tried seven furlongs which wasn't a great success at Goodwood where I thought they would go a million miles and hour but they didn't. He didn't really settle that day and I think the answer is that he wants six furlongs and probably racing a bit more prominently. He's a lovely big horse with a lot of ability and I'm sure he will win again."
gr c Mastercraftman - Millestan
Promise in two maiden at Sandown (7f) and Salisbury (1m) in August and September of last year.
"He's a very useful horse and has had problems this Spring. He's away at the moment but I am expecting him back quite soon and he has plenty of ability and I would be looking for a lucrative Autumn from him."
b f Canford Cliffs - Anbella
Best effort in three starts when beaten only half a length by Nightingale Valley at Windsor (6f) last week.
"She ran a smashing race at Windsor last week. I tried her over a mile at Goodwood and she obviously didn't get it so I put her over six at Windsor and she just found one too good. She will definitely win and is an out and out sprinter."
b f Acclamation - Rebecca Rolfe
Best effort in four starts last year when third, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Little Voice at Chepstow (5f) in August. Currently rated 67.
"Rosie is just on her way back and suffered from ulcers a little bit. She is working well now and she is very game and will win races at her own level. She's probably a six furlong filly."
b g Tagula - Rags
"He is a very very nice horse and he's had his fair share of problems but is training well now. I would be hopeful he would be a nice horse but we have all had to be very patient with him."
ch g Notnowcato - Walk On Water
Winner of one of his 3 starts. Off the mark at Goodwood (7f) in April when beating Destroyer a length and beaten four and a half lengths when unplaced to Out And About on his handicap bow at Haydock (7f) in May off his current mark of 79.
"He was a little bit disappointing at Haydock the other day but I think he probably wasn't 100 per cent in retrospect. Even though he's by Notnowcato I don't think he would get further than a mile and seven furlongs suits him at the moment. He has plenty of ability and he's one we like a lot."
b f Sir Percy - Oat Cuisine
Finished fourth, beaten 12 ½ lengths, to Nathra on her only start in a maiden at Salisbury (7f) last September.
"It's very hard to keep her at the top of her game at the moment. She was very fresh on Saturday morning so I would hope we are nearly there. She works very well and ran a nice race albeit very green last year. She is a filly I would hope would have a good second half of the year - she's nice."
TIME TO EXCEED
b f Exceed And Excel - In Your Time
Promise in two maiden at Goodwood (7f) in May and Lingfield (7f) in June.
"She is another who looks pretty quick and is off to Doncaster this week for a six furlong maiden. She definitely needs top of the ground and hates it when it's soft. I would think she would be winning before too long."
b g Poet's Voice - Lovely Thought
Winner of one of his 6 starts. Better effort this season on reappearance at Newmarket (6f) in May when third, beaten a length and three quarters, to Acclaim off a mark of 87. Currently rated 88.
"He had a bad experience at Chelmsford and nearly got brought down the other day but he seems to be over that now and is working well. I think he's a sprinter and may get seven furlongs at a push. He's in very good order and may go off to Ascot at the end of the week."
b g Compton Place - Neqaawi
Unplaced in two starts at Salisbury (6f) in May and (7f) in June.
"He's been very backward mentally and physically he's had his fair share of problem but he looks pretty fast. I think when he gets everything together he will definitely win races."
b c Kyllachy - Falling Angel
Better effort at Newbury (6f) last week when fifth, beaten only a length and three quarters, to Mutawatheb.
"He finished fifth at Newbury last week and it was a big step up from his first run. He's big and backward but is turning into a nice horse."
BECK AND CALL
b f Holy Roman Emperor - Gosbeck
"She is just about ready to run and is in two or three races this week. She goes nicely and we'll start her over six furlongs."
b f Iffraaj - Still I'm A Star
"She is very nice Iffraaj filly who should be running the week after next and will be a six furlong filly as well. She looks promising."
KING OF NEPAL
b c Sepoy - Empress Anna
Last of five, beaten eight lengths, to Unabated at Newmarket (6f) on his debut in June.
"Although he finished last at Newmarket recently we like the way he goes. He's definitely a top of the ground horse and hated the soft ground at Newmarket and probably wants to go another furlong."
b f Exceed And Excel - Rebecca Rolfe
Finished unplaced to Cotinga on her debut at Lingfield (6f) in June.
"She just had one run and got completely sunk at Lingfield and they abandoned the racing after the first in which she ran so it was totally meaningless. She moves nicely and she might go to Kempton on Wednesday evening. She looks nice."
ch f Sir Prancealot - Fuerta Ventura
"She might well go to the Fillies Maiden at the July meeting to start off with over six furlongs. She's a nice strong filly."
CHAIN OF DAISIES - improving filly last season and more to come this season in decent company.
GREENSIDE - lightly raced and the wait for his return will be worth waiting for.
LIMATO - could well be time for his lift off with the ground getting faster ahead of his tilt at the July Cup.
TWILIGHT SON - has the credentials in the book and could be hard to beat in the July Cup if the ground doesn't dry out.
BOUNCE - expected to improve on the faster ground starting at Newmarket this week.
LA RIOJA - solid effort in the Commonwealth Cup and can star at just a slightly lower level.