The height of Summer is when Henry Candy usually hits top gear with the bulk of his winners invariably coming in July and August.
The Kingston Warren trainer has a wealth of experience that is hard to match and Candy instinctively knows when he has a good horse in his hands. The current stable star is Limato who took the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket and the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Chantilly in a stellar 2016 and left behind a dismal time at Meydan in the Spring when a solid third to The Tin Man in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot recently.
Candy is currently pondering over a repeat bid for the July Cup or a return to seven furlongs in the Lennox Stakes at Goodwood, but whatever his choice it is almost certainly going to be the correct one.
There is plenty more interesting firepower in the ranks at his Wantage base and Henry kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about those he hopes will prosper in the months to come.
4 b g Equiano - Fontanally Springs
Winner of one of his 2 starts. Off the mark at Windsor (5f) on Saturday when beating Indian Raj a head.
"He is a horse with a lot of ability and he kept on strongly at Windsor on Saturday when narrowly winning his maiden. He has had very immature knees but he shows plenty and he is always going to want a bit of cut in the ground. We will see what the handicapper does with him but we hope from now on he will have a bright future."
4 b f Bahamian Bounty - Black Belt Shopper
Winner of one of her 6 starts and currently rated 95. Placed in both starts in listed company over six furlongs at Nottingham and Haydock in May. On last named occasion runner-up, beaten only half a length, to Buying Trouble.
"She is useful and has been placed in listed company the last couple of times and just requires a little bit of cut in the ground. She will be going to York in a couple of weeks time for the City Walls. Hopefully, she will continue to run in black type races this year."
4 b g Cape Cross - Flavian
No wins from 5 starts and currently rated 75. Came closest to success when beaten a short head by Perfect Quest off a mark of 71 at Windsor (1m 2f) in April.
"He is an absolute giant this horse and without exaggeration 17 hands. Although he is a four-years-old he is still a bit weak and gangly. He was disappointing last time at Newbury and I am still not sure why as he just got collared at Windsor in April. He likes a bit of cut in the ground and he is going to Kempton on Wednesday evening. He seems in good form at the moment."
CHAIN OF DAISIES
5 b m Rail Link - Puya
Winner of six of her 15 starts and currently rated 110. Failed by only a neck behind More Mischief in a listed contest at Newcastle (1m 2f) on Friday night.
"She is a very admirable mare and she just got beaten in the Listed race at Newcastle on Friday night. She really wants proper firm ground which is rare in the modern racehorse and she just found that tapeta a little bit yielding and wasn't quite able to produce her very best but she still ran a great race. I would be hopeful that we could find another Group 3 for her over even a Group 2. She is a very game and genuine filly and she has another good race in her."
6 b g Dubawi - Katrina
Winner of four of his 8 starts and currently rated 99. Returned to winning form at Sandown (1m) in June when reversing previously placings with Laidback Romeo when scoring by a length and a quarter off a mark of 94.
"He is a very admirable horse and although he hasn't been the soundest over the years, he is maturing now at the ripe old age of six. He was unlucky not to win first time out at Sandown and then won very nicely on his return visit when Ryan Moore rode him. He is a beautifully bred horse with a lot of ability and he is going to run in the big open handicap at Sandown this weekend."
5 b g Tagula - Come April
Winner of eight of his 16 starts and currently rated 120. Winner of the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket (6f) last July by two lengths from Suedois and Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Chantilly (7f) last October by three lengths from Karaar. Best effort this term on latest start in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot when third, beaten a length, to The Tin Man.
"He has come out of Ascot very well having been off for three months after having a nasty experience on soft ground at Meydan on his previous start. I feel that if he had been drawn on the far side at Ascot and been able to get plenty of cover and come late like he likes to do then he would have been even closer. He had to tack over a long way and was left in front a bit early. However, that is sprint racing for you and I was delighted with the way he ran and I think he is back on track. He will probably go for the July Cup but I will have a discussion with Mr Jacobs this week and the Lennox over seven furlongs at Goodwood is the alternative. It will be an either or."
4 b g Kyllachy - Peace Concluded
Winner of three of his 16 starts and currently rated 87. Returned to winning ways at Goodwood (7f) in May when beating Pastoral Player a head at Goodwood (7f) off a mark of 81 and third, beaten only a length, to In The Red over that course and distance in June off a 4lb higher mark.
"He has developed into a splendid character and he is very tall for a Kyllachy. He was a little unlucky the other day in an apprentice race and although he used to be a bit in and out, now that he's grown up he is more consistent. He will probably try his hand at Epsom this week in a race on Thursday evening."
SON OF AFRICA
5 b g Equiano - Generously Gifted
Winner of four of his 20 starts and currently rated 93. Finished fifth, beaten two lengths, to Coolfitch at Ayr (5f) in June off a mark of 95.
"He is not the most reliable of people but has his day every now and then. Again, he is very able and he will be running next in a big five furlong handicap at Ascot on July 15. He went up to Ayr the other day to keep Spring Fling company and ran in the five furlong race where he was drawn one and never got the cover he needed. He needs to be buried, even over five furlongs and produced late. A full field at Ascot would suit him."
6 b m Assertive - Twilight Mistress
Winner of three of her 18 starts and currently rated 99. Returned to winning form when scoring by a length and a quarter from Rural Celebration in a listed fillies stakes at Ayr (5f) on her latest start in June.
"Hopefully, she is still in foal to Oasis Dream, she was tested in foal in the Spring. She put up a great performance in the Land O' Burns and won very nicely. She is going to have one more run which will be in the five furlong Group 3 at Sandown on Eclipse Day."
4 b f Sir Percy - Oat Cuisine.
Winner of one of her 4 starts and currently rated 74. Finished runner-up, beaten only a length, to Jufn at Chepstow (1m 2f) in June off a mark of 72.
"She is only small but is a very game filly and she has been immature but she is just about there now. She loves her racing, has a great stride on her and I love her attitude. She is never going to be more than a handicapper but she will win a race or two this year."
TIME TO EXCEED
4 b f Exceed And Excel - In Your Time
Winner of two of her 7 starts and currently rated 81. Pleasing comeback at Leicester (6f) in April when beating Tanasoq a length and a half off a mark of 76 and beaten only a short head by Englishman when attempting to follow up at Windsor (6f) the following month off a mark of 81.
"She has gone up a bit in the handicap and we were hoping that she would get a little bit of black type before the end of the year. She had a tiny chip removed from her front fetlock joint last year and we had to be a bit careful with her but she's just about ready to go again and might run in a valuable handicap at Haydock on Saturday. Hopefully, we may find a listed fillies race for her later in the year. She is effective over six but I think she will be better over seven and could get a mile in time. I think she is quite useful and we look forward to her running."
5 b m Refuse To Bend - Baddi Heights
Winner of one of her 8 starts and currently rated 89. Unplaced to Laugh Alond on her only start this term in a listed contest at Goodwood (1m) in May.
"She is a lightly race mare by Refuse To Bend. She had one run this year at Goodwood and wasn't right the day she ran. She is just coming back to life and we like her. She is a big scopey filly and she would be off to Salibury in a couple of weeks time for a nice fillies handicap over a mile and a quarter. She might be capable of getting a bit of black type later in the year
4 b g Poet's Voice - Lovely Thought
Winner of two of his 13 starts and currently rated 96. Gained his second career success at Goodwood (5f) in May when beating A Momentofmadness three quarters of a length off a mark of 90 and another creditable effort on his return to that course (6f) the following month when runner-up, beaten a length, to Boy In The Bar off a mark of 94.
"He is a tough little character and is only small but has shown he is very able. He has run some good races this year and five furlongs is probably slightly preferable to six but it is either or. I am sure he will win a good one this year."
b g Kyllachy - Falling Angel
Winner of two of his 7 starts and currently rated 77. Returned to winning form at Newmarket (7f) on Friday night when beating Patchwork half a length off his current mark.
"He absolutely loved the give in the ground at Newmarket on Friday night and won very nicely. He is a typical Kyllachy and I think the ground is the key with him. He gets seven furlongs nicely and the way he won there should be a nice race in him."
BECK AND CALL
b f Holy Roman Emperor - Gosbeck.
Winner of one of her 5 starts and currently rated 77. Off the mark at Lingfield (6f) latest in June when scoring by a neck from Pepita off a mark of 75.
"She is a tiny, very stocky filly who is really courageous and is best over five or six furlongs. She is very competitive and is in a couple of places this week although I haven't quite decided where she runs just yet but she seems in good form at the moment."
b f Showcasing - Tremelo Pointe
No wins from 4 starts and currently rated 67. Best effort when third, beaten three quarters of a length, to Carducci on her handicap bow at Nottingham (1m 1/2f) at the end of May off her current mark.
"She is a lovely big scopey filly who hasn't shown what she is capable of yet. She pulled very hard over a mile at Nottingham last time and we will probably drop her back to seven furlongs. She is just a touch under the weather at the moment and wont be running for a couple of weeks or so but I think when she does get back on track that she will definitely win races."
ch f Monsieur Bond - Spin A Wish
Winner of one of her 3 starts and currently rated 75. Off the mark at Chepstow (7f) in June when scoring by five lengths from Amenta.
"She was a very cheap purchase - I only paid £1,500 for her as a foal - but is a very game and gutsy filly and thoroughly enjoyed soft ground at Chepstow last time. She is working nicely on the grass here on top of the ground so I am hoping that soft ground isn't absolutely essential. She did win a long way at Chepstow and a mark of 75 is probably plenty high enough for her but having said that she is a real trier. We will claim a few pounds off her and maybe she will win again."
b f Medicean - Ballet Dancer
Winner of one of her 4 starts and currently rated 76. Off the mark with a length and a quarter victory from Sulafah at Newmarket (7f) last October. Finished fourth, beaten four and a half lengths, to Time Chaser off her current mark at Sandown (1m) in June.
"I like her a lot and she ran a nice race at Sandown the other day. She is a bit dreamy and in her first couple of races last year she took a long time for the penny to drop. She was slowly away at Sandown but that run will have sharpened her up now. I think a mile is as far as she wants to go and she is in a couple of races on July 13 - one at Newbury and one at Doncaster. The one at Doncaster is for fillies only so she will probably go there but I am sure she is a filly with plenty of improvement in her."
QUEEN OF TIME
b f Harbour Watch - Black Belt Shopper
Winner of two of her 6 starts and currently rated 90. Scored by a length and a quarter from Patchwork on her reappearance in a maiden at Goodwood (7f) in May and followed up off a mark of 79 at that course later in the month when beating Panova two and a half lengths. Finished fourth, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Con Te Partiro in the Listed Sandringham Handicap at Ascot (1m) in June off her current mark.
"She is a very progressive filly and a half sister to Bounce. I thought she ran a cracking race in the Sandringham and she will probably be going off to Sandown for the distaff which is the mile listed for three-year-old fillies on Eclipse Day on Saturday."
b f Exceed And Excel - Rebecca Rolfe
Winner of one of her 4 starts and currently rated 76. Off the mark in a handicap at Goodwood (5f) in May when beating Lightoller a length off a mark of 70.
"She is very fast and can cope with five furlongs and will get six so you have the option. She is a little bit under the weather at the moment but will be back in three or four weeks time and I feel she is still reasonably handicapped. She has a great attitude and hopefully there is more to come from her."
b g Champs Elysees - Neqawi
No wins from 4 starts and currently rated 80. Best effort when runner-up, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Zubayr at Kempton (1m 4f) in May.
"He is a typical giant Champs Elysees who has taken a long time to mature. The best is yet to come from him and it will probably be next year. He was second in a Kempton maiden which had some decent animals in it and has been rated 80 which is probably high enough. He ran in the Bibury Cup and looked as if he was going to run on into third but ran out of puff. He is still a big weak boy at the moment and won't be running too often but if he gets another year and keep on improving he might turn out into a decent staying handicapper. He will get a mile and six and may stay two miles in time."
ch c Choisir - Petit Chou
"He is a big heavy-topped Choisir horse who is definitely going to want cut in the ground. I put him in at Haydock this week in the hope that they get some more rain up there. I like him but he will need soft ground."
b c Kyllachy - Super Midge
"He is a nice Kyllachy colt who has been working nicely and has just been a little off colour the last day or two. Hopefully, that won't last long and I like the way he goes."
b g Finjaan - Medicea Sidera
Finished fourth, beaten six lengths, to Grand Koonta on his debut at Windsor (6f) on Saturday.
"He is a cheeky little monkey who shaped quite nicely on his debut at Windsor on Saturday. He is quite sharp and when his mind slips into place he won't be difficult to place."
ch f Havana Gold - Almatinka
"She was due to run at Newbury then had a dirty scope. She is by Havana Gold who is doing well out of a very nice female family. She has done really well through the year goes very nicely and I would have high hopes for her."
b c Sixties Icon - Salueum
"He makes his debut at Chepstow on Tuesday and he is quite backward but has a great attitude. I would imagine he would need his first run but I like the way he goes and he should definitely win a race through the year."
b c Sir Percy - Feis Ceoil
"He goes very nicely and is going through a growing spell. I have backed off for the moment but he work very nicely and we should find races with him."
WEAR IT WELL
b f Kodiac - Choosey Girl
"She is only small but is very strong and laid back in her work. She will probably need her first run but that will waken her up and she looks as though she will be nice."
AFRICAN FRIEND - off the mark at Windsor on Saturday and looks the sort to progress much further.
BOUNCE - well up to winning in listed company.
LIMATO - stable star who gave warning of his well being when third in the Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot.
SPRING FLING - in foal to Oasis Dream and could have her final swansong at Sandown at the weekend.
BECK AND CALL - off the mark in what looked a decent event at Lingfield and has more to offer.
QUEEN OF TIME - great run when third in the Sandringham and can soon bounce back to winning form.