Little Libretto became the first winner for Darley stallion Librettist when she scored a half-length victory in the EBF Toteplacepot Novice Stakes (1000m) at Nottingham on Wednesday.
The David Evans-trained filly defeated her more favoured stablemates Bajan Bullet (With Approval) and Style And Panache (Trans Island) after making all the pace. She was racing second-up after finishing an encouraging fifth to Chiswick Bay in the Brocklesby Stakes at Doncaster on March 27.
Little Libretto (2f Librettist – Sharadayna by Priolo) is her sire’s only runner to date. She was bred in Ireland and cost 7,000 euros (AUD 10,085) at the Tattersalls Ireland yearling sale in September 2009.
“That was a big surprise,” Evans admitted after Little Libretto lobbed at $26 on a wet track. “I thought the others would run well but they probably want better ground.”
Little Libretto is the first foal out of unraced mare Sharadayna. Her second dam Sharaya was a G1 winner of the Prix Vermeille.
Librettist is a Danzig half-brother to Dubai Destination (Kingmambo) and he retired to Dalham Hall Stud in 2007 with a 10: 7-0-0 record. His major victories came in France where he was a G1 winner of the Prix Jacques le Marois and Prix du Moulin.
Darley transferred him to Haras du Logis after two years in Newmarket. He made the move shortly after arriving back from a one-off season in Australia. Librettist served 101 mares in 2008 at a $22,000 service fee.