Breeding: I Am Invincible-Aloha
Trainer: Anthony Cummings
Owners: Mr G Harvey, Strawberry Hill Stud
Jockey: Sam Clipperton
Outstanding mare Libertini will be given the chance to be the first horse to win the TAB Everest first-up after the Anthony Cummings-trained star secured her slot with Aquis.
It’s a show of faith by Aquis in Cummings’ belief that Libertini’s best performance is fresh and now both parties hope she can produce one of her trademark sizzling first-up performances.
In her past two spring campaigns Libertini has broken 1:08 over the Randwick 1200m when resuming from a spell – she ran 1:07.93 in the 2019 Silver Shadow and 1:07.60 to beat Classique Legend in last year’s Premiere Stakes.
Aquis CEO Shane McGrath said Libertini has proven herself to be a top class sprinter and is happy to back Cummings to have her ready to produce her best on October 16.
“She is lethal first-up and if she runs 1:08 she’ll be right there in the finish, and if she’s improved at all she’s a winning chance,” he said.
Cummings said he’s pleased to be given the opportunity to train the mare as he’s preferred to bring out her best in the TAB Everest.
After gaining a slot in 2020 with her Premiere Stakes win she contested the race second-up and wasn’t as effective as she finished eighth after drawing the outside barrier.
“I think she’s fine, she’s basically doing it in her own time,’’ he said.
“The short story is I’m pretty pleased with the way she’s going.
“You can basically take aim now and not have to think about the other race, we can get there in the shape you want to in the time you want to.”