Limato set for Gheest test


Henry Candy is leaning towards sending dual Group One winner Limato over to France for next month's Prix Maurice de Gheest.

Although the five-year-old holds an entry in the Qatar Lennox Stakes at Glorious Goodwood, the Kingston Warren handler is favouring an outing in the extended six-furlong Group One at Deauville on August 6.

The Paul Jacobs-owned son of Tagula had to settle for second behind Harry Angel when bidding for back-to-back victories in the July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

Candy said: "The horse is in great form and I am very pleased with everything he did. I think Harry Angel has got a bit more speed than Limato now.

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"He has run in so many Group One races and has finished in the first three in most of them, which is quite a rarity for a horse.

"The Maurice de Gheest is probably the most likely option now."

Candy warned that Vibrant Chords, who like Limato is owned by Jacobs, is likely to swerve an outing in the Qatar Stewards' Cup at Goodwood, for which he is a general 33-1 shot.

He added: "Vibrant Chords will be aimed at a five-furlong handicap on the first day of Goodwood.

"It might be that is a slightly easier race than the Stewards' Cup, although nothing will be easy at Goodwood."

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