La Rioja stormed to an impressive win at Salisbury yesterday under a no nonsense ride from Andrea Atzeni.
The attractive daughter of Hellvelyn looks a filly with a bright future after scorching to the front just beyond the furlong pole and stretching well clear. She coped admirably with the soft conditions and may now head for the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
The victory came as a timely boost for trainer Henry Candy who has an exciting weekend ahead of him. Though a decision was made to swerve the Betfred Sprint Cup with Limato, he still has the unbeaten three-year-old Twilight Son in the Group 1 event.
Only tested in handicap company prior to Saturday’s showpiece, he has nevertheless been impressive, winning easily at Newmarket in May and then travelling powerfully in his success last time at York. He’s a colt by Kyllachy, a stallion that’s sired plenty of speedy types including Sole Power, Stepper Point and Krypton Factor. This fella also looks to have a high cruising speed and has accounted for Magical Memory on both his latest starts. He looks sure to be competitive in this, despite the step-up in class.
For Limato it looks as if Candy’s exciting colt will now step up in trip and take in the Group 2 Saint Gobain Weber Park Stakes at Doncaster the following week. The stable star is known to be ground dependant, and with Haydock currently riding on the soft side of good, the trainer has decided to hold back. His Commonwealth Cup runner-up has yet to run since Royal Ascot having swerved several engagements in search of fast ground.
The stable are set to send out an interesting filly at Windsor on Monday. Limonata is the daughter of Bushranger and is a half-sister to the stable star Limato. Both are owned by Paul Jacobs, and connections will be hopeful that the pair’s mother has passed on a similar amount of talent to the filly. Should all go well at Windsor, she looks set to head for a listed event at Redcar in October.
The yard has had rather a lean spell of late with just a handful of winners in August, after having a healthy strike rate in July. However, prize money continues to creep towards the half million mark, which compares favourably with last season. The performances of Limato, La Rioja and Twilight Son, hold the key to the success of Candy’s yard this summer. So far they have not let him down.