Bentley off Limato; Doyle on

Limato wins the July Cup under the deposed Harry Bentley.

James Doyle has been lined up to replace Harry Bentley aboard star sprinter Limato this summer.

The Henry Candy-trained five-year-old has won eight of his career 15 starts, including two Group One successes under Bentley in the July Cup at Newmarket and the Prix de la Foret at Chantilly last season.

However, he disappointed on his final start of 2016 in the Breeders' Cup Mile and failed to fire on his return to action at Meydan, and owner Paul Jacobs has decided to change his rider.

Candy said: "It's a matter between Harry and Mr Jacobs and I wouldn't like to comment.

"I believe Mr Jacobs has spoken to James Doyle's agent and that is as far as it's got. I would imagine James will be very busy, so we'll just take it as it comes. The horse is in good form."

Doyle, who is retained by Godolphin, has ridden Limato on four occasions, winning three of those outings.

Bentley confirmed he had lost the ride during an interview with Racing UK at Chester.

He said: "I'm not going to lie, it's a massive setback for me and I'm incredibly disappointed to have lost that ride.

"As a jockey you really need that one horse that puts you out there and unfortunately I've lost that, but take nothing away, I've had some amazing days with him, so I'm very, very grateful for those.

"He gave me two of my best days of racing so far with winning the July Cup and then the Prix de la Foret.

"We had some fantastic times and that can't be taken away from me, he's taken me to a new level and given me some opportunities I wouldn't have had otherwise."

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