Fair bit of ‘synergy’ with the win of Total Liberty at the Bendigo Cup meeting last Wednesday (26 October).
First of all, Total Liberty – as the name might suggest – is by Eliza Park’s tremendous sprinting source, Statue of Liberty.
Secondly, the race she won – her fifth – was the Eliza Park Handicap.
Finally, she is handled by up and coming Victorian trainer, Jason Warren, who also puts the polish on exciting Bel Esprit youngster, Bel Sprinter. Before hanging out his training shingle, Jason worked in the pre-training and breaking in division at Eliza Park.
Out of the Centaine mare, Ton of Class, Total Liberty is related to 3-time stakes winner Music Man (14 wins overall) and the 3-times stakes placed Port Side.
It was something of a red letter day – world-wide – for Statue of Liberty with winners in Belgium and Japan to follow up Total Liberty’s victory at Bendigo.
As if to emphasise Statue of Liberty’s three year break from the Australian breeding scene, the Irish bred Empress Sissi – a winner by 4 lengths in Belgium – is a 3YO filly, while the Japanese winner, Matsuno Revival, who scored by a 3 lengths at Kanazawa, is a 2YO colt.
‘Revival’ might be the operative word here with Statue of Liberty covering some 280 mares in the past two seasons at Eliza Park (with another sizeable book this season) to ensure that he has plenty of runners waiting in the wings (indeed, his yearlings will be making an appearance at 2012 Australian sales).