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Saturday summary: Libertad remains unbeaten in San Domenico

By Keely Mckitterick TTR Australia New Zealand, Saturday 26th August 2023

Saturday saw the running of the Up And Coming and the San Domenico at Group 3 level at Rosehill. The races provided two equally exciting winners in the form of Tom Kitten (Harry Angel {Ire}) and Libertad (Russian Revolution), while several other 3-year-olds stamped themselves as ones to follow.

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Annabel Neasham’s Libertad (Russian Revolution) kicked off his spring preparation in the G3 San Domenico S., and like he left his autumn campaign, he started his spring on a winning note!

The son of the Russian Revolution is yet to taste defeat, and from three starts, he has won two Group 3 events.

Libertad winning the G3 San Domenico S. on Saturday | Image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

Libertad, partnered by his regular rider Chad Schofield, the colt hit the front and was much too classy for Moravia (Snitzel) and Butch Cassidy (Written Tycoon).

“It was fantastic and a masterstroke from Chad (Schofield). The plan was to ride the horse; we weren’t really sure what to do from that barrier (10). But Libertad jumped well, and Chad just slotted him into that prominent spot and knew when we were there, it would take a good one to beat him,” Neasham said.

“The exciting thing with Libertad is that he is still pretty woolly in the coat. When I was saddling him up, he had tufts of hair coming out, so he has plenty of improvement to come.

“The Run To The Rose, Golden Rose path would suit him (Libertad). The sky’s hopefully the limit with Libertad.” - Annabel Neasham

Libertad is the fifth foal from the Charge Forward mare Electric Charge. She was a winner and hails from the family of Miss Darcey (Hussonet {USA}), a victress of the G3 Adrian Knox S. and placed in the G1 Australian Oaks.

Rheinwood Pastoral initially offered Libertad at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Highway Session, where T Nolen paid $40,000 for him. He was then reoffered by Nolen Racing at the 2022 Inglis Ready2Race Sale, selling to Annabel Neasham Racing for $210,000.


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