Librisa Breeze (grey) finished second in the Royal Hunt Cup last time
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
By James Burn 11:00AM 19 JUL 2016
ROYAL HUNT CUP runner-up Librisa Breeze, a leading contender for the Gigaset International Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, seems set to swerve that race and head to York instead for the Read Richard Fahey’s Column At sportinglife.com Stakes.
The Ascot contest has prize-money of £150,000, which is £125,000 more than what York offers, but the prospect of quick ground is tempting Hertfordshire trainer Dean Ivory to look north.
A son of Mount Nelson, Librisa Breeze was a length and a quarter off Portage at Royal Ascot and dropping back a furlong from a mile should not be a problem according to Ivory, who also has Kadrizzi and Sirius Prospect engaged at York.
He said: “We won’t be going to Ascot if we’ve got firm ground, which it looks like we’ve got. Therefore, we’ll have to run where the ground is.
“We’ve got to go where the ground is. If we’ve got the ground, you’ve got to take your chance a bit over seven. Seven or a mile – either or wouldn’t worry him. He’s better over a mile but nevertheless he’s a horse that’s very versatile.”
Ivory, who trains Librisa Breeze for Brighton & Hove Albion chairman and successful poker player Tony Bloom, added: “He is a horse that you can switch off and ask him to travel whenever you want in the race.
“There will be more pace on over seven and he will sit there proud and I’m sure he has got the turn of foot to finish strong at seven.”