Limato to drop back in trip after Queen Anne flop

Trainer admits he has been running over wrong trip

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Limato looks unlikely to run over a mile again with Henry Candy earmarking the Qatar Lennox Stakes at Goodwood as his next target.

The Kingston Warren handler is leaning towards an outing in the seven-furlong Group Two contest for the six-year-old as opposed to a tilt at the the Darley July Cup at Newmarket which he claimed back in 2016.

After finishing down the field in the Lockinge over a mile on his seasonal return at Newbury, the dual Group One winner failed to make any impact over the same trip last time out in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Candy said: “He is a sprinter and I’ve got it totally wrong. He works like a miler, but as soon as the stalls open he says ‘I’m off’.

“We will look back at six-furlong races with him and the furthest he will ever go now is seven furlongs.

“He is still in the July Cup, but I would think it will probably be the Lennox where we go, although we are still open minded.”

Candy feels Mt Augustus could develop into a contender for the Melrose Handicap at York after he opened his account at the sixth time of asking at Newmarket on Friday night.

He said: “He is a lovely big horse. At Sandown he jumped out the stalls and he never settled.

“He pulled Fran’s (Berry) arms out the whole way round there. I said to Fran ‘let him fall out this time and settle him at the back’. He ended up doing it well.

“He could end up in something like the Melrose. He stays well and did well to win on ground that quick. He will only get better.”

Limato to drop back in trip after Queen Anne flop
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