Late call on Ascot for Limato

Limato could run in the QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot on Saturday – but only if he gets his ideal ground.

Limato: Could run at Ascot on Saturday, after all.

Henry Candy's four-year-old has had a terrific season, winning the Darley July Cup and the Qatar Prix de la Foret, and it was thought he would be saved for the Breeders' Cup for his next assignment.

However, even though it will be less than two weeks since Limato won at Chantilly he could bid to follow-up that success on Champions Day, where he could race against stablemate Twilight Son.

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The decision to keep him in the reckoning for the £600,000 contest has seen him leap up the ante-post betting and he now heads the market at 5/2 (from 7/1) with Sky Bet, with the likes of Quiet Reflection and Mecca's Angel being eased in the market.

Candy was at pains to stress that will all depend on the weather, though.

The trainer said: "We'll have to hang on as long as we can with Limato. If the ground stays good he'll run in which case they'll both run, but there is quite a bit of rain forecast Friday and if it turns soft he won't run.

"He was a tiny horse at two and not much better at three but his form was fantastic. He's grown and developed and he's a much bigger horse now.

"Now he does seem to take his races much better. If you'd said to me earlier in the year he could run twice in two weeks I'd say you were mad but he's a completely different horse now and it does seem to be a possibility."

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