LIBRISA BREEZE ran a personal best at Ascot on Champions Day and an inevitable rise in the handicap has led him to be rated 119, the highest ever rating for a Dean Ivory-trained horse.
Most form students and pundits thought it would be around a half a stone increase and indeed it was exactly that with an increase of 7lbs from 112 to 119. Why wouldn’t it be with Tasleet, Caravaggio and Harry Angel, second, third and fourth, rated 116, 121 and 125 respectively?
Yes, Librisa loves Ascot (two big handicap wins and a second in the Royal Hunt Cup) and the soft going played to his strengths over the six furlong trip but his authoritative victory over horses all rated above him guaranteed that the son of Mount Nelson would take a hike.
The world is Librisa’s oyster with talk of possible international trips to any of Dubai, Hong Kong and Australia. No doubt there will be a lot of discussion between owner Tony Bloom and Dean but it looks on the cards that at some point, he may be travelling further than his usual 80 mile round trip to his favoured Berkshire track!
Dean has gone on record as saying that he’s not sure the bends of Hong Kong would suit and Australia is a long haul, so if I were an odds compiler, I’d guess that Dubai might be favourite. Watch this space!
Prior to Librisa Breeze being “top dog”, it was Tropics, twice a narrowly beaten runner-up in the July Cup (in 2014 and 2015) who ruled the roost at Harper Lodge Farm, being rated 117 at his best. The 9yo has been a magnificent servant to the stable with eight wins and not far short of £1/2 million in prize money won.
But there is no doubt Harper Lodge Farm has a new kid on the “breeze” block with Librisa!