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Five Group 1 winners lined up in the 2017 QIPCO British Champions Sprint Stakes at Ascot in October but they were upstaged by Librisa Breeze, who in the process gave trainer Dean Ivory a first success at the highest level.
The handsome grey son of Mount Nelson travelled well throughout the six-furlong event under Robert Winston and found plenty for pressure in the closing stages to score by a length and a quarter from Tasleet, with Caravaggio and Harry Angel the next pair home.
“We’ve done well to get where we are with him and you persevere and hope for a bit of luck and the luck’s come good today – it’s fantastic,” Ivory said. “He is a horse who has never had a clear run this year and he has grown into himself this year and is now a proper horse.
“He likes this nice straight track and you can keep things uncomplicated with him here. There was one stage where I thought that he wouldn’t get the gap but he got it and quickened up really nicely today.
“He is very versatile trip-wise. You can’t just say that you are going to keep a horse to six furlongs as you have to train horses for where the races are. He’s really a seven furlong horse or a miler, but I’ve had to train him for this race over six furlongs as there aren’t many races over those trips around for him unless you go abroad.”
He added: “We’ve bided our time with him and taught him to run over six furlongs and it has worked out nicely. Robert [Winston, jockey] believes in the horse as much as we do so it was great. We had this race in our sights for a long time and it’s great that it has all come together.”
Librisa Breeze had previously won two big 7f handicaps at Ascot, plus finished second ina Royal Hunt Cup.
“He deserves that, he’s been a bit unlucky in running this year, bit of trouble in running, I’ve got a bit of stick over the rides I have given him, but you have to ride him like that, you have to ride him for luck,” explained Winston.
“This horse has more or less kept my career going, I was packing in last year, I gave my notice to Dean and it was going to be my last year riding. This horse came along and owner Tony Bloom and things have sort of blossomed since then. It’s kept the dream alive, kept me in game.”
Librisa Breeze never figured in the Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan on his return in 2018, or in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot but offered more on his latest start when fourth to Polydream in the Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.
However, he failed to shine when defending his crown on Champions Day.
He made his return in 2019 in the Unibet Hungerford Stakes at Newbury and showed he still has plenty of fire in his belly in finishing a half-length second to Glorious Journey.
The grey was not in the same form, though, when beating only two home in the 17-runner Qipco British Champions Sprint Stakes.
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