Group One glory for Limato

July Cup winner Limato stamped his class on proceedings at Chantilly with a facile success in the Qatar Prix de la Foret.

Limato stretches clear of his rivals

Runner-up in the seven-furlong Group One 12 months ago, Henry Candy's stable star has run over a variety of distances this season.

After finishing fourth at a mile in the Lockinge at Newbury, the four-year-old dropped to six furlongs to run out a brilliant winner of Newmarket's July Cup before finding Mecca's Angel too strong over the minimum distance in the Nunthorpe at York.

Sent off an odds-on favourite over a trip just shy of seven furlongs, the four-year-old tracked the lead throughout the early stages.

He was always travelling strongly for Harry Bentley and readily put daylight between himself and his rivals when asked to go and win his race which he did with the minimum of fuss.

Front-running 40/1 shot Karar boxed on to finish second, with David O'Meara's Suedois running his usual sold race in third.

Bentley said: "He's got an incredible turn of foot, but he does settle in his races, too. He really is a class act."

Candy added: "The race worked out really, really well. The horse was really relaxed and Harry was able to take a pull. It was lovely to see the way he quickened up like that."

Assessing plans, Candy added: "It (Breeders' Cup) is a definite possibility. We'll have to discuss it, but I'd rather run him in the Mile than the Sprint."

Winning owner Paul Jacobs cautioned: "I'm not sure about the Mile, we'll have to see. The Mile is a lot more valuable, but it's a lot more competitive."

Sky Bet cut Limato to 6/4 from 3/1 for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and 5/1 from 10/1 for the Breeders' Cup Mile.

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