Limato BC bid excites Candy

Limato flies to Los Angeles on Saturday to take part in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Saturday November 5.

Limato in his Team British Racing livery with groom Amy Scott

The Darley July Cup and Prix de la Foret winner was a £41,000 yearling acquisition at Goffs UK Sales in Doncaster in 2013. He has since banked more than 20 times that purchase price in prize money for his owner, Paul Jacobs, winning eight of his 13 career starts.

And his 2016 seasonal debut, when beaten by less than three lengths into fourth place in the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, is the only time that he has ever finished out of the first two.

The American-trained Tepin, winner of the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, is set to be Limato's toughest opponent among a full field of 14 for the Breeders' Cup Mile – which is also set to include fellow British raiders Dutch Connection and Home Of The Brave.

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Tepin won this race easily last year but suffered a surprise defeat when failing to peg back another Mile candidate, Photo Call, in her final prep race in Kentucky three weeks ago but Candy is wary of the challenge she presents.

"My preference for him has always been the Mile and I would have been perfectly happy if Tepin had won last time," he said. "I think our horse is out of the ordinary so I'm ready for the big match.

"I am very excited about going to America with Limato and am looking forward to it – it's going to be a good outing. I've never been there before, apart from on holiday.

"Limato has been absolutely brilliant since the Foret and will be flying out to Santa Anita on Saturday, while I will get there on Wednesday.

"The plan is to do very little with him after he arrives, we might have just one little pipe-opener [piece of work] with him, we'll see how he travels and what his appetite is like. If he's his usual relaxed self he might just need one little pipe-opener.

"He's a very clean-winded horse so if he just canters [after he gets there] I think that will be fine. We will just see how he looks.

"He's been a good rainmaker of late but I think the ground out there is going to be rattling fast, which is what we've been looking for all year, so no excuses on that front."

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