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Limato to send us off from Royal Ascot a winner

Sat, Jun 24, 12:40pm by Senior Writer

It’s been five years since Black Caviar captured the most dramatic and narrow win over her extraordinary 25-race unbeaten career by winning the feature sprint of Royal Ascot, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

The 2017 running of the race doesn’t feature the star power of Australia’s unbeaten might mare, but it is still the highlight of the final day of the 2017 carnival.

Champion jockey Ryan Moore collected a Group 1 double on the fourth day of the carnival, winning both the Coronation Stakes and the Commonwealth Cup for Aidan O’Brien.

O’Brien does not have a runner in the Golden Jubilee, but Moore, who also has three other winners for the week, takes the ride on the $3.25 favourite Limato for trainer Henry Candy.

Since running second in the Commonwealth Cup here two years ago, Limato has won two Group One sprints including the July Cup last year where he beat one of his rivals here Suedios.

He comes into this off a disappointing performance in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan in March, but should be much more at ease on the harder ground here.

American sprinter Long On Value was second in the Al Quoz and looks a nice price at $21 heading into this, while Suedios is $17 off a third in a sprint on rain-affected ground at The Curragh.

The Tin Man ($7) is the second pick in the market off his win on the Champions Sprint over this course and distance last year. The quality of that race was a little questionable and he was a little flat first-up in a Group 2 race at York last month.

Winning that race was Tasleet for William Haggas, who is the other horse in fancied here at $8. Tasleet had a bit to spare over those horses, winning by 2.5 lengths, and beating a few of his other rivals here including Magical Memory ($8.50), Comicas ($41), Mobsta ($101), Tupi ($51) and Growl ($34).

That race was on soft ground, and this will be run on a much firmer surface. That should suit Limato, who didn’t like the yielding conditions in Dubai and found the mile the Breeders Cup beyond his capabilities.

A return to British soil should be entirely suitable and hopefully he can finish our week as a winner.

Suggested Bet: Limato to win the Golden Jubilee

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