Music set for Nunthorpe tilt
Music Master pleased in his latest gallops work-out on Tuesday ahead of the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday August 22.
Trainer Henry Candy, who won the Group One sprint with Kyllachy back in 2002, admits that the five-furlong distance will be something of an experiment for the four-year-old.
After all, Music Master was campaigned at seven furlongs apart from his final start of 2013 when he finished second in a six-furlong Group Three at Ascot.That is the trip he has raced at on all four of his runs to date this year and he has already registered two victories, including a first in Group company when landing the Hackwood Stakes last time out at Newbury.
Candy, who trains near Wantage in Oxfordshire, said: “The Nunthorpe is the plan for Music Master. I am very happy with him. He galloped this morning and probably will have to do one more piece of work because he is quite a big, burly boy now. At the moment, all systems go.”
As for the first crack at five furlongs, Candy added: “That is very experimental – it may not work, but it is worth trying.”
“I was running him over the wrong trip last year. He ran a cracking race in the Jersey (finishing fifth to Gale Force Ten) – and various other races over seven furlongs and then was just beaten by one when he tried Group racing over six furlongs for the first time last autumn.”
Candy has another big bullet to fire at the Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival with the unbeaten Limato on course for the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack on Saturday 23 August.
The Tagula gelding is seen as a speedster by his trainer, having won all three of his races at six furlongs. The last of those successes was in Listed class at Newbury and the form of the race has since received a major boost with the runner-up Cotai Glory going on to claim the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.
Candy said of Limato: “I’ve been very pleased with his progress – he seems to be going the right way. He is rated 111 and that is fair enough.”
“He had a rest after his last run at Newbury and has done well, physically. I’ve been happy with his work – he’ll do one more little bit, but he has done the serious stuff.”
Candy believes Limato is all about speed but is not just a two-year-old ace. According to Candy, his charge has long-term prospects.
He said: “He has got a good temperament. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t progress for another year or two. I’d say he was an out and out sprinter.”
Candy’s small but select team for the Welcome To York Ebor Festival is also likely to include Son Of Africa. The two-year-old has won twice from three starts, the last triumph arriving in a Glorious Goodwood nursery. Candy has him pencilled in for next Wednesday’s StanJames.com Nursery.
The master of Kingston Warren has enjoyed plenty of success at York’s most famous meeting over the years. Indeed, he won the showpiece race, the Juddmonte International with Master Willie back in 1980. The wins keep coming for Candy with last year seeing his charge Treaty Of Paris take the Tattersalls Acomb Stakes.
Candy said: “It is one of the best meetings of the year and very competitive. It is just nice to have runners there.”
The Welcome To Yorkshire Ebor Festival begins on Wednesday 20 August with the total prize money for the four days at a record £3.5million.
Richard Fahey, David O'Meara, Niall Hannity and Mark Howard are on the panel for a special York Ebor Meeting preview night, to be held at the racecourse on Tuesday August 19.