Red letter day for Statue of Liberty (below) on 3 June with four winners from just five starters.
Following on from the victory of 2YO filly, Miss Liberty at Maisons-Laffitte on Wednesday – her second from three outings – Statue of Liberty was represented by just five runners on Thursday: two at Fountainbleu in France, two at Jagersro in Sweden and one at Tipperary in Ireland.
Ranging in distances from 1200m to 16 furlongs (3200m), both French runners – Acqualinda (from Montjeu mare Acqualina Beauty) and Blagueuse (from Wolfhound mare Bright Sky) – were successful, while his Swedish pair – Fast Feet (from the Langfuhr mare Landowska) and State of Freedom (Chief’s Crown mare Mazarine Blue) – ran first and second respectively.
The really interesting runner on the day though was the Irish horse, Steps To Freedom, a 4YO having his first start over 3200m, who duly won by six lengths, defeating a High Chaparral horse in Hired Hand.
Steps To Freedom is from the Sadler’s Wells mare Dhakhirah – an unraced half sister to 2000 Guineas-G1 winner King of Kings (who stood six seasons in Australia and produced Group One winners Ike’s Dream and King’s Chapel) and smart sprinter General Monash.