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Haydock preview: Sandy Lane Stakes (15.45)

| 30.05.2015

Limato looks destined to go to the very top of the sprint decision, and can maintain his unbeaten record in the Group 2 Sandy Lane Stakes at Haydock (15.45).

The Henry Candy trained gelding showed progressive form when winning four times as a juvenile, and was particularly impressive in the last of those when cruising to success in the Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar.

This son of Tagula tanked along on the heels of the leaders before making smooth headway to lead inside the final furlong and beat Mattmu by 1 1/2 lengths on the bridle.

It was a visually stunning performance in what is traditionally a very competitive affair, and one which marked Limato out as a very exciting prospect.

That view was confirmed on his seasonal reappearance when Limato landed a Group 3 contest at Ascot in good style despite looking in need of the run.

After being slowly away, Limato showed plenty of dash to make up the lost ground and only had to be driven clear inside the final furlong to readily beat Tendu by 1 1/2 lengths.

The runner-up is a well-regarded sort who went on to finish an unlucky second next time up in a Listed contest at York, and the third home Adday has gone on to land a Listed contest at Newbury to give the form a solid look.

Henry Candy

Limato looks sure to come on a bundle for that outing, and providing the ground doesn’t turn soft is going to be very difficult to beat.

Mattmu, who finished runner-up to Limato in the Two-Year-Old Trophy, is a course and distance winner and looks sure to go well.

The colt, who is trained by the in-form Tim Easterby, rounded off last season with an excellent effort to land a Group 2 at Longchamp, and looked better than ever on his seasonal reappearance when chasing home Glass Office in the Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes at York.

The latter was a cracking effort against seasoned sprinters, and Mattmu is in for a good season if building on it.


Another big player is Toocoolforschool, who could be decent each-way value at the odds on offer.

The Karl Burke trained gelding progressed with each run as a juvenile, and after getting collared late on in the Acomb Stakes at York took his form to a new level when running out the seven length winner of the Group to Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury.

That win came on soft ground, but connections believe that Toocollforschool is just as effective on good going and there was plenty to like about his comeback run when fifth in the Group 3 Greenham Stakes o0ver 7f at Newbury.

The strapping son of Showcasing raced with the choke out at the head of affairs before weakening out of contention to from home, and has reportedly thrived since.

Toocoolforschool has enough speed to cope with the drop back to 6f, and is a tough sort who looks capable of bagging some big prizes this season.



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.