James Harron has won the “race” to secure brilliant mare Libertini for the $15 million The TAB Everest.
Libertini had been hot property since her stunning win in the Premiere Stakes last Saturday, beginning a lengthy negotiation process between the two vacant slot-holders, Harron and Chris Waller, and Libertini’s owners, Gerry Harvey and John Singleton.
The deal was eventually clinched on Tuesday evening with Libertini joining Nature Strip (slot-holders TAB), Classique Legend (Bon Ho), Gytrash (Inglis), Santa Ana Lane (Coolmore), Bivouac (Godolphin), Behemoth (The Star), Tofane (Yulong), Trekking (Max Whitby and Neil Werrett), Eduardo (miRunners) and Farnan (Aquis) as confirmed Everest starters.
Libertini has been locked in for The Everest. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
This leaves Waller and some of his stable clients still to select their Everest starter to complete the elite 12-horse field for The Everest, run at Royal Randwick on October 17.
Harron, who selected eventual winner Redzel to run in his slot in the inaugural Everest three years ago, told The Daily Telegraph he was relieved to finally lock in Libertini.
“The Premiere Stakes last Saturday feels like a long time ago but we are genuinely excited that Libertini is going to be representing us this year,’’ Harron said.
We’re thrilled to announce that our star mare Libertini will run in @jmeharron’s slot in next week’s #TABEverest
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“We have waited to see the right horse come along and it was Libertini who emerged last Saturday. Her win ticked every box and I genuinely think she will start favourite in The Everest next week.’’
Harron admitted he was becoming concerned he might have waited too long to make his Everest selection until Libertini defeated Classique Legend by two lengths in the Premiere Stakes, running the Randwick 1200m course in a brilliant 1m 7.6s last Saturday.
“It was becoming a bit difficult to see where we were going to get our horse from,’’ Harron said. “We had been watching the three-year-olds closely but nothing came to fruition.
Libertini could start favourite for The Everest after gaining a slot in the $15m race. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“It was getting quite skinny and it was hard to see where the potential winner was going to come from and fortunately we were able to get Libertini.’’
Trainer Anthony Cummings no longer has to worry about getting Libertini into the field and can concentrate on having the star mare in peak condition for The Everest, run at Royal Randwick on October 17.
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“After the Premiere win, I had the knowledge that Libertini was going to get a start,’’ Cummings said. “The negotiation process over the last couple of days has been a distraction at the time when I had room for one.
“It was entertaining to watch the guys put the ‘band’ together. I wouldn’t have been unhappy either way but pleased to be in business with James (Harron).’’
Libertini!! What a win in the Premiere Stakes! Next stop #TABEverest glory? pic.twitter.com/70kmjLjmnE
EVEREST BETS ON LIBERTINI
$670 the win / $500 the place @ $6/$2.25 (October 3)
$500 @ $51 (September 25)
$285 @ $34 (September 27)
$250 @ $51 (September 8)
$250 the win / $100 the place @ $34/$9.25 (September 27)
$200 @ $101 (September 5)
$200 @ $51 (September 21)
$150 @ $51 (April 30)
$100 each-way @ $101/$26 (September 5)
$100 each-way @ $101/$26 (September 8)
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Originally published asDone deal: Libertini locked in for The Everest
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