Limato was last seen finishing down the field in Dubai but the ground went against him that day and connections are keen to send him to Ascot fresh
OWNER Paul Jacobs reports Limato will not be seen again before Royal Ascot.
The Henry Candy-trained sprinter had a fruitless trip to Dubai where he flopped on rain-softened ground in the Al Quoz Sprint.
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While his first target is the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, a repeat bid in the July Cup is not certain as it comes so soon after Ascot.
“We will aim him at the Royal meeting. He definitely won’t have a run before we enter him in the Diamond Jubilee on the Saturday at Royal Ascot,” said Jacobs.
“I just hope we don’t have the ground like it was last year. He deserves a break after all those exertions of going out to Dubai.
“I think he felt the effects of travelling out there to some degree.
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“Not just so much the travelling, but having been prepared in an English winter to then to run in March on the edge of a desert, as it is not like going down the road to run in a Group 1.
“The July Cup is not an automatic choice after Ascot. There are only 20 days between the races and winners of the Diamond Jubilee have not got a great record in the July Cup.
“I think it helped last year that we bypassed Ascot.
“I know this might sound bizarre, but the race in the back of my mind is the Lennox at Goodwood. It is over seven furlongs but it is a valuable race and I think Goodwood would suit him as he is an agile horse.
“We will see what happens, if he did seem a bit short of speed over six it may be something to think about, but we have not discussed it all with Henry yet.”