Libran Back To His Best in the Kingston Town

18th September, 2017

Libran owners hadn't seen their old boy in the winners' circle since April 2016, so you can imagine their delight when he dove through between runners over the concluding stages of the Group 3 event, to not only pinch the race, but run away with it to be eased down on the line by a comfortable length and a half under Glyn Schofield. 

Libran looked outstanding before the race, highlighting how well the son of Lawman has returned this preparation, after missing last year's Spring through injury and having his Autumn dismantled by relentless wet tracks in Sydney. Libran's first-up run saw him sixth to Winx in the Chelmsford over the unsuitably short mile trip, where he also ran Life Less Ordinary to within a length, going home the better, so it was surprised to Libran start at 22/1 in the betting versus Life Less Ordinary who started as short as 2/1 for Saturday's Group 3 mile and a quarter event. 

From the outset, Glyn was happy to ride Libran quietly from the stalls, and found a lovely position three-quarters back on the rail and travelling comfortably. Chocante's jockey, Blake Shinn, decided to turn the race into a staying test when taking off at the four furlong pole and had the field all chasing into the home straight. Libran continued to make steady ground along the inside, tracking up behind the leaders, and on straightening only needed some daylight between runners to figure. With two furlongs to run, it looked as though the swoopers down the standside would land the prize, but as the gap appeared two off the far side fence, Libran dove through and kicked clear inside the half furlong to score comfortably, with Glyn never having to reach for his whip. 

“He really hit the line strongly in his first up run for me and today we just rode him a similar fashion, let him be comfortable and didn’t he let down well. “He took a very narrow split and once he got his nose through he dashed really strongly for me.” Glyn Schofield 

Chris Waller, and his team, again showed why he is the leading trainer in Australia, saddling home the first four in the race and only shortly after his world champion mare Winx made it 20 straight wins in the Group 1 George Main Stakes. Chris will now point Libran to the Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Royal Randwick on Saturday 30th September, for which he is eqaul favourite with Antonio Guiseppe who finished second to Libran on Saturday. 

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