Sometimes things just go as planned. Liberation (Fastnet Rock x Liberty Rose) had two starts during his first preparation without much success so he was given a nice long spell in preparation for a hopeful spring campaign. When the colt came back in, he made an immediate impact and he was not going a day without receiving a ‘best of the morning’ call from one of the trackwork hoops. Was he back bigger and better? The only way to know for sure was to trial him in a speedy 740m trial. The result… an effortless five lengths trial victory.
From here everyone at the stable was getting pretty excited about the son of Fastnet Rock and half-brother to the very smart Liberty’s Choice. After his trial, Liberation continued to work very well and suddenly the riders were saying ‘will win’ and ‘feeling fantastic’ rather than simply listing him as their best on any given morning. We now arrive at Rosehill on 19 July 2014 and Liberation was in the first race, a handicap for two-year-olds over 1200m. The colt was not really wanted in the betting drifting from $6.50 to $7.20 and this was despite his trial win that certainly was not a secret. Tim Clark bounced Liberation out of barrier three and this was really the only thing the Group One winning jockey had to do. Liberation did the rest. The colt found the lead, travelled perfectly, maintained his momentum, cornered well and extended to the line.
Congratulations to all the owners of this colt. He is going from strength to strength at the minute and his effortless first up win hopefully might be a sign of things to come. Well done also to Tim Clark on a perfectly timed and perfectly balanced ride. Tim rated the colt as well as possible and allowed him to show his best. It was a great win and a real thrill to see a colt of this quality do everything right. For more info on this sensational win please check out the upcoming edition of Gai’s Gazette.