Oliver gives Lib­er­tini a huge wrap

Mercury (Hobart) - - RACING -

NO stone has been left un­turned in Lib­er­tini’s prepa­ra­tion for the Group 1 Cool­more Stud Stakes and a few bullish words from big-race jockey Damien Oliver have fur­ther ce­mented the be­lief of her trainer.

An­thony Cum­mings and owner Gerry Har­vey zoned in on the Cool­more (1200m) after Lib­er­tini suf­fered her first cam­paign de­feat when third to sub­se­quent Group 1 win­ner Fun­star in the Tea Rose Stakes at her first at­tempt at 1400m in Septem­ber.

She was given nine days in the pad­dock then a month of prepa­ra­tions in Syd­ney be­fore head­ing to Mel­bourne where Cum­mings upped the ante.

“When you know where you’re go­ing and what the plan is you can cut the cloth to suit,” Cum­mings said.

“She has been in Mel­bourne for a cou­ple of weeks. She had a trial up the straight last week and went re­ally well. She had a gal­lop out of the chute up the straight on Tues­day and once again coped with that well.”

With reg­u­lar rider Tommy Berry mak­ing a long-range com­mit­ment to ride at the Golden Ea­gle meet­ing in Syd­ney to­day, Cum­mings locked in the ser­vices of the ex­pe­ri­enced Oliver weeks ago.

Oliver last won the race aboard an­other filly, Alinghi, in 2004 and after part­ner­ing Lib­er­tini in her most re­cent gal­lop, his feed­back was glow­ing. “She looked pretty com­fort­able ... and ‘Ol­lie’ said it was the best she’d worked since she’d been here,” Cum­mings said. “It’s the sort of feed­back that makes you sleep well.”

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