Another Everest contender might race herself into the big one on Saturday.
No sprinter has trialled better than Libertini this spring but due to an uncharacteristic autumn she’ll have to prove herself on race day this weekend to get an Everest slot.
The I Am Invincible four-year-old will take on Everest starters Nature Strip and Classique Legend at Randwick in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m).
Trainer Anthony Cummings said after she won a Listed race at Scone at start three that he felt she would be a multiple Group 1 winner.
She won a couple of Group 2s last spring and was just two lengths off winning a major behind Exceedance in the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington late in 2019.
She wasn’t the same horse earlier this year though, which Cummings put down to growing pains, and she was spelled after two lacklustre runs.
Libertini (blue) accounts for Wild Ruler in a recent Randwick trial. Photo: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
But the mare has returned with a bang this time in and looked better than Everest runner Bivouac in her first trial.
She then came out and strode past eventual Heritage Stakes winner Wild Ruler to win her latest trial.
“The trials have been impressive and she’s improved off each one and will improve again after Saturday,” Cummings said.
“She’s on song to be ready on that day (The Everest day) should she get a start. Given where she’s at and the curb she’s on, she’s doing the right things at the right time.”
When asked if Libertini trialled better than any other horse Cummings said: “Yeah I think so. I was pretty happy with them.”
Regan Bayliss will take over from Tommy Berry and ride Libertini out of barrier four as a $12 hope behind $1.80 favourite Nature Strip.
“She’s drawn well and should get the right run to show herself and that’s all she needs,” Cummings said.
After Wednesday’s announcements of Trekking and Eduardo only two places remain up for grabs in The Everest.
James Harron and Chris Waller Racing are the only two slot holders yet to settle on their representative.
Regan Bayliss will be in the saddle aboard Libertini on Saturday. Photo: AAPSource:AAP
Originally published asGun mare ready for Australian racing’s biggest climb
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