Bentley back on board Limato

Harry Bentley has got the ride back on Limato

Harry Bentley has expressed his delight at being recalled to ride Limato in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on July 15.

Bentley rode the five-year-old when he won the race last year, but was replaced by Ryan Moore in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot following defeat in Dubai back in March.

With Moore set to ride Aidan O'Brien's Commonwealth Cup winner Caravaggio in the July Cup, owner Paul Jacobs has decided to Bentley should renew his partnership with the Henry Candy-trained Limato.

Bentley said: "Obviously I am delighted to get back on him as I have ridden him six times before.

"He gave me a fantastic day at Newmarket last year in the July Cup and another great one at Chantilly in the Prix de la Foret. He is the best horse I have ridden.

"I knew Ryan Moore was going to ride Caravaggio if he runs, which he is highly likely to, and in the back of your mind you are hoping you might get that phone call, but it came out of the blue when I got told the news this morning.

"I made it clear at the time I was disappointed and, I don't mean to coin an old phrase, but these things happen in racing – the main thing is I've got another chance.

"I thought he ran a great race at Ascot and you could not fault him.

"It is not the most straightforward layout at Newmarket and it is a definite positive that he goes on the track. He is one of the main contenders and I think he has a massive chance."

As for Jacobs, he hopes that the pair can become first back-to-back winners of the race since Lester Piggott steered Right Boy to successive victories in 1958 and 1959.

He said: "It would be nice to think that they can go back to the future after what happened in the race last year.

"We basically made the same mistake twice by sending him abroad for the Breeders' Cup and then to Dubai.

"After Dubai, the wheels came off both physically and mentally and at one stage we didn't know if we were going to get him back on track.

"I thought it might be better, rightly or wrongly, to have a different jockey on him at Ascot as each have their own riding styles and I didn't want it to be Dubai mark two.

"That race showed us he got his mojo back and he has been in great form since then. I went and spoke to Harry this morning and and talked it through with him.

"Harry is a perfect gent and I could not speak more highly of him. After he rode an across-the-card treble on Saturday, I sent him my congratulations and said to my wife 'I think I want him back'.

"I think he was pleased, if not delighted, at the reinstatement. I am looking forward to running against the first and second in the Diamond Jubilee and the first and second from the Commonwealth Cup.

"It will be some race and with this Irish wonder horse, it takes the pressure off us, which is nice."


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