Oliver gives Libertini a huge wrap
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.”