Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes
Group 2, Newmarket 15:00
£120,000 added,
3yo plus,
7f, Class 1   
Friday 12th October 2018


1 Limato 7/4F
2 Zonderland 7/1
3 D'Bai 3/1
8 ran Distances: 1¼l, 1l, ½l
Time: 1m 24.87s (slow by 2.57s)

Limato wins for the second year in a row

© Racehorse Photos

Henry Candy’s Limato won twice at Group One level in 2016, landing the July Cup and the Prix de la Foret, but his only victory of last season came in this seven-furlong Group Two.

The six-year-old was disappointing in the first half of the current campaign, including over a mile in the Lockinge at Newbury and the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot and again failing to fire when bidding for a second July Cup.

However, confidence-boosting Listed-race wins at Newmarket and York got his career back on track and he completed his hat-trick in some style in the hands of Harry Bentley.

The 7-4 favourite was always travelling within his comfort zone and never looked in danger of being caught after striking the front, scoring by a length and a quarter from Zonderland.


Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes (Group 2)
£120,000 added, 3yo plus, 7f, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Pos Dr D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Limato (IRE) 7/4f Harry Bentley
H Candy 6
2nd (8) 1&frac14 Zonderland 7/1 A Kirby
C G Cox 5
3rd (4) 1 D'Bai (IRE) 3/1 W Buick
C Appleby 4
4th (2) ½ Salateen 20/1 L Dettori
D O'Meara 6
5th (1) ¾ Dancing Star 7/1 Oisin Murphy
A M Balding 5
6th (5) ½ Mankib 6/1 Jim Crowley
W J Haggas 4
7th (6) hd Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 33/1 D Tudhope
T Hogan 10
8th (7) Breton Rock (IRE) 25/1 S Donohoe
D M Simcock 8