Limato continued his resurgence by successfully defending his crown in the Godolphin Stud And Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes at Newmarket.
Henry Candy’s stable star 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.
Henry Candy's stable star is thriving after an early-season lull for his yard and the trainer wasn't entirely ruling out a quick return to the track for next weekend's Champion Sprint at Ascot.
Candy said: “It's not beyond the realms of possibility, let's put it that way.
“In the old days you would want to give them a month in between races but he's not had a particularly hard race here and we'll see how he is in the next couple of days.
“It's unlikely but not impossible.”
The trainer added: “There was little doubt about the result for much of the race, he loved it out there and this is his ground.
“I've always had so much faith in the horse, I don't think age has caught up with him yet.
“The whole yard was under the weather earlier in the year but they are thriving now.
“He didn't enjoy the ground at York last time but still won, and I think if the owner had have come with me to the track that day we probably would have withdrawn him, but I decided to take a chance and thankfully it paid off.
“He's a really likeable horse.”
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