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York plan for Candy crackers

Trainer Henry Candy is set to launch a formidable twin assault on York's Ebor meeting later this month after confirming leading sprinter Music Master and unbeaten juvenile Limato on course for a trip to the Knavesmire.

Music Master claimed his second victory of the campaign with a smart display in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury last month, building on an encouraging run when fourth in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

The four-year-old is set to drop to the minimum distance for the first time in his career in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes on August 22.

Candy said: "That (Nunthorpe) is the plan. I may end up looking stupid, but Fergus Sweeney thinks he has plenty of speed for five furlongs, so we'll see.

"He's in good form and the family seem to like top of the ground, so hopefully that's what we'll get at York."

Limato turned in impressive displays on the all-weather at Kempton on his first two competitive starts and showed he is just as effective on turf when landing the Listed Rose Bowl Stakes at Newbury last month.

He is booked for the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes the day after Music Master's Nunthorpe bid.

"He's fine and he'll go for the Gimcrack, all being well," said Candy.