Limato has quashed any doubts about running a dashing 1200 metres with a dominant win in the Group One July Cup at Newmarket.
The Henry Candy-trained four-year-old, fourth in the Lockinge over a mile (1600m) on his only previous start this season, led over a furlong (200m) out and quickly put the race to bed.
Limato (9-2 fav) went on to score in great style by two lengths in the hands of Harry Bentley to give the jockey a first domestic Group One win.
Candy, who also saddled the disappointing Diamond Jubilee Stakes winner Twilight Son, said he was likely to keep him to the sprints.
“I would think he’d stick at this trip. It would be rather fun if he ran in the Sussex (Goodwood). I wouldn’t rule it out totally – it’s a thought,” Candy said.
“I thought he ran a cracking race in the Lockinge and I thought he settled very well.
“I’ve been training him pretty much to stay. We had the Summer Mile very much in mind and the Lockinge earlier so I have been learning him to try to settle as much as possible.
“This week, though, I’ve been trying to get the fizz out of him and get him to enjoy himself.
“Twilight Son was on the outside. Both were easy to spot, so I was able to watch them both.
“Martin Harley (Twilight Son’s jockey) said he was never comfortable. It was a bad decision (to run him) by me.”