17 October 2017

It has been a while coming, but the latest success by LIMATO (IRE) was ultimately worth the wait with how he thrashed his ten rivals in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes last Friday at seven furlongs. A frustrating campaign in 2017 had yielded no wins from four Group 1 attempts, although there was hardly any shame running second to Harry Angel (IRE) in the July Cup and placing third in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.   

His rout by three and a half lengths of Massaat (IRE), with the admirable Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) in third was a definite return to his best and raised his rating back to a mark of 119. LIMATO was bred by Seamus Phelan at Weylands Stud in Coun ty Kildare and is a son of Rathbarry stallion Tagula (IRE).

Connections say he will be campaigned next year with towards an American campaign, perhaps over a mile on the faster ground he prefers.     

Meanwhile, ABLE HANDY (IRE) presented a good advertisement for the Goffs February Sale by landing the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes on the same card. He sold for just €7,000 at the latter auction last year and now his earnings stand more than ten times that sum after his defeat of Royal Ascot winner Sound And Silence over the minimum distance.    


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