Liberty leader set for Belmont Guineas

Liberty’s Gem is on track for Perth’s winter season after a successful return to racing in the Westspeed Hcp (1200m) at Ascot.

The Statue Of Liberty gelding led them up on Saturday and then fought off a challenge Malibu Style (Magnus).  “He’s a quality horse and isn’t fully wound up,” trainer Simon Miller said.  “I respect the runner-up but this horse has so much ability.”

Liberty’s Gem (3g Statue Of Liberty – All That Sparkles by Rubiton) had been off the scene since winning the LR Placid Ark Stakes and G3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic in December.  “It was a soft win today and I’m glad the owners knocked back offers from Hong Kong late last year,” Miller admitted.  “They’re both successful businessman and race him for fun!

“He was a big kid last time in and has put on 30kg while spelling.  He had a good break and we’re looking towards getting him up to a mile.”

Liberty’s Gem was an $80,000 buy at the 2013 Inglis Classic yearling sale and he will head to the $100,000 LR Belmont Guineas (1600m) on Saturday, June 20.

Statue Of Liberty is based at Eliza Park International and his yearlings sold up to $100,000 at the Inglis Premier Sale last month.  Trainer Tony McEvoy paid top price for the colt related to Flemington Group 3 winner Mr Chard.

Liberty’s Gem’s dam All That Sparkles was bred back to Statue Of Liberty last year.  She’s a half-sister to Golden Pedigree (LR Queen of Adelaide Stakes) and the dam of The Verminator (G1 Metropolitan).