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Libertini And Co Star In Track Gallops

By Brad Gray
At Royal Randwick

With Group One racing kicking off next week at Randwick, a number of stars were on show in exhibition gallops ahead of the spring. This is what the trainers had to say after the gallops as well outlining where we'll see them resume.

Bellevue Hill
First up: San Domenico Stakes (Aug 31)
Adrian Bott: “We’ve still got a bit of work to do, that’s why he is here today. He has improvement going into the carnival. I like what we’ve seen in his trials, he is a pretty laid-back, casual horse so when he comes back to the races he’ll have the blinkers on. That will sharpen him up and bring him on for a fortnight’s time in the San Domencio.”

Just Thinkin’
First up: Maiden grade
Adrian Bott: “He is on a Derby path. He has been gelded and has looked the making of him. He has always shown us a lot. It was disappointing not being able to win a maiden last time out, making it a bit easier but he was pretty heavy and getting him gelded has switched him right on. He looked excellent today. We’ll find a maiden and let him go through his three-year-old grades, see if he can follow big brother’s (Thinkin’ Big) path but we’ve still got a bit to go.”


Prince Fawaz
First up: Run To The Rose (Sept 14)

First up: Silver Shadow Stakes (Aug 24)

Anthony Cummings: "They worked where they are up to and their normal style, Libertini always like to show off and she gets keen and we spend most of our time trying to get her to tuck in behind, settle, switch off and use herself when asked."

"Prince Fawaz just does nothing until you ask him. I asked Nash (Rawiller) to give him one down the shoulder at the furlong to get him to pick up and hit the line which he did. On the line he was coming back strongly. Both looked really well and are certainly on track for the plans we have for them."

Tommy Berry on Libertini: "She felt as good as she looked. She is very sharp and is ready to go. That was a nice pipe opener and she pulled up well in the wind so very excited about next week."

First up: Winx Stakes (Aug 24)
Chris Waller: "She has had no luck with the tracks, she doesn't handle wet tracks. She has come back well and she'd be the sharper of the three. I thought if they went three together (in the gallop) they might do too much so one of them had to miss out and I thought she would be the best on her own."

First up: Winx Stakes (Aug 24)
Chris Waller: "She has come back well, she had a disappointing winter, but I'm just putting a line through it and hoping she has come back. We think she is going well. We just want to get her back to the races and pick out a target from there."

Kings Will Dream 
First up: Winx Stakes (Aug 24)
Chris Waller: "He is obviously a very talented horse. He won't be as wound up first up (as in the past) because he has had such a long lay off but he'll be competitive on class alone and continue to build throughout the campaign."

Check out the results and replays for Royal Randwick on Saturday.

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