LIBRISA BREEZE created history yesterday when winning the Champions Sprint as he gave Dean Ivory his first Group One success and ensured the Master of Harper Lodge Farm had another record season for the fifth year running.
All the talk beforehand was of the rematch between Harry Angel and Caravaggio with the focus of attention also on the likes of last year’s winner, The Tin Man, dual Group One winner, Quiet Reflection and rising star, Tasleet. Librisa Breeze was almost the forgotten horse of the race.
Not so for the Racing Post’s shrewd tipster, Tom Segal, aka Pricewise who tipped the horse each-way at 16/1. Followers of the column will have been in clover after the 5yo son of Mount Nelson relished the combination of 6f and soft ground at his favourite track.
This season trouble in running has haunted Librisa on more than one occasion but yesterday everything fell right for this very talented grey. A strong gallop helped him settle and he was absolutely swinging two out. Robert always had him in a good position and half a furlong out, when he hit the front, it was all over and the 10/1 shot won by one and a quarter lengths from Tasleet, who had previously been runner-up in a Group One, twice.
For owner,Tony Bloom, it has been a remarkable week eight days which started with a Cesarewitch winner at Newmarket last Saturday courtesy of the nationwide gambled-on Withhold. Six days later, his beloved Brighton trounced West Ham 3-0 at The London Stadium and yesterday he won a Group One on one of the racing calendar’s biggest days, Champions Day at Ascot.
As for Dean Ivory, the £340,000 first prize meant yet again, Harper Lodge Farm has had a record season with £852,916 in prize money to date. This is an increase of just under 39% on last year and there are still ten weeks of the season left!