Henry Candy has been training for almost 50 years from the yard in Oxfordshire at which his father, Derrick, trained before him.
He initially made his name with middle-distance horses, in particular Master Willie, who was runner-up in the 1980 Derby and won the Coronation Cup and Eclipse Stakes the following year, and Time Charter, the 1982 Oaks heroine who went on to land both the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Champion Stakes in 1983.
But in more recent years his best results have almost exclusively been achieved with sprinters such as Eveningperformance, Gorse, Kyllachy, Airwave, Markab, Music Master, Twilight Son and Limato.
Markab triumphed in the 2010 Betfred Sprint Cup and he saddled Music Master to be third in the race in 2014, and he reminded us all of his ability to train crack sprinters when his unbeaten three-year-old Twilight Son took the same race in 2015.
He couldn’t repeat the feat at Ascot in the Champions Sprint next time, when he found Muhaarar too strong, but confirmed himself a top sprinter with victory in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in 2016 before being retired at the end of the year.
Limato then picked up the baton, winning 14 of his 33 races before being retired in 2020 after suffering a minor injury.
The highlight of his career was when winning the 2016 Darley July Cup after which he was second in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes. He was crowned the world’s champion sprinter that year.
Candy has never trained masses of horses and his best year, numerically, was in 2014 when he had 38 winners.