Speed star Limato sparkling again

Limato: Back in top shape

Henry Candy reports Limato to be on target to defend his Darley July Cup crown after recovering from an unsatisfactory trip to Dubai.

The Kingston Warren handler is now able to begin preparations for the five-year-old's return to action after giving him plenty of time to recover from pulled muscles he suffered following his run in the Al Quoz Sprint in March.

Should all go well, then Limato could run first in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 24 ahead of the July Cup on July 15.

"Limato had his first leg stretch on the grass since he travelled back from Dubai yesterday (Tuesday) morning," said Candy.

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"To be honest, he was in a bit of a mess with pulled muscles when we got him back home and it has been a long process putting him back together.

"I have just given him plenty of rest and he looks back to his old self now. He did not work with anything at all special yesterday but the manner that he did it, and his general attitude, made me think that he is back in good form.

"I plan to run him next in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and, unless anything goes wrong, the Darley July Cup is where we will then be heading.

"I think that he put up a career best when he won the race last year. It's a very important race – any Group One is fantastic, but the July Cup is one of the best, if not the best, sprints of the year, and it's a wonderful race to win."

Limato was among 59 entries for the six-furlong showpiece on the July Course.

The unbeaten three-year-old Caravaggio is one of 11 possibles from the Aidan O'Brien stable along with American import Acapulco, while other big names include the 2016 Commonwealth Cup and Haydock Sprint Cup heroine Quiet Reflection and The Tin Man, successful in the British Champions Sprint at Ascot.

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