Harry Bentley Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Harry Bentley
Image reproduced with the kind permission of Newmarket Racecourse

Harry Bentley had a first sit on his Breeders’ Cup Mile mount Limato at Santa Anita on Wednesday morning.

The jockey, who arrived in California ahead of the gelding’s trainer Henry Candy, was positive in his interpretation of stall 10 of 14 in Saturday’s race.

Speaking at the quarantine barn, Bentley said: “Draw 10 is certainly not a disaster for us and plenty of Americans I’ve spoken to think it is a good place to be. I hope I can slot in and get a decent early position. I’ve watched plenty of replays of the Mile, but the bottom line is you can look into things too much. The fact that I know the horse is the main thing.”

Bentley and his father, John, have been here since Saturday evening and he has not wasted that time in his reconnaissance of the track.

He added: “I rode out two mornings for Richard Mandela and have walked and run around the grass course.”