Limato made up for a contentiously unlucky run last year by brilliantly blitzing his rivals for a dominant victory in the concluding Group 1 Qatar Prix de la Foret on Arc day at Chantilly.
The writing was on the wall for his rivals fairly early in the home straight as Limato stormed clear in the hands of Harry Bentley to claim an easy victory.
Henry Candy’s stable star has run over a variety of distances this season, but fast ground has always proved the key to unlocking his brilliant best.
After finishing fourth at a mile in the Lockinge at Newbury, the four-year-old dropped to six furlongs to run out a brilliant winner of Newmarket’s July Cup before finding Mecca’s Angel too strong over the minimum distance in the Nunthorpe at York.
With drying ground and a fast time in the Arc recorded by Found, Limato appeared to have his favoured ground conditions and duly showed off his devastating turn of foot to secure an emphatic victory.
Front-running 40-1 shot Karar boxed on to finish second, with David O’Meara’s Suedois running his usual sold race in third.
Bentley said: “He’s got an incredible turn of foot, but he does settle in his races, too. He really is a class act.”
Candy said: “The race worked out really, really well. The horse was really relaxed and Harry was able to take a pull. It was lovely to see the way he quickened up like that.”
Assessing plans, Candy added: “It (Breeders’ Cup) is a definite possibility. We’ll have to discuss it, but I’d rather run him in the Mile than the Sprint.”
Winning owner Paul Jacobs cautioned: “I’m not sure about the Mile, we’ll have to see. The Mile is a lot more valuable, but it’s a lot more competitive.”