A race like the 2016 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) could figure for Lucky Liberty during the forthcoming Spring Carnival, should the gelding reach the potential trainer Henry Dwyer believes he can achieve.
Lucky Liberty more than stamped himself as a horse to follow through the beginning of his racing career in late 2014/early 2015; but suffered a string of unfortunate ailments through a subsequent autumn campaign and has not been seen at the races since last year’s edition of the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).
Dwyer is pleased with the rising five-year-old’s slow but continually-building condition, and remains confident the horse is a serious Group 1 prospect, and capable of mixing it with the country’s best middle distance horses.
“He chipped a knee in the Guineas and had arthroscopic surgery and the mandatory six months off,” Dwyer told AAP.
“Then he was back in work and was ready to almost race and got a stress fracture to the shoulder. So he had another six months off for that.
“Now he’s back in work again and, touch wood, everything is going well this time.
“He’s a really high quality galloper but obviously the issue is getting him there sound.
“Even before he hurt himself in the Guineas we were having little issues with him here and there, so he’s not a sound horse.
“But he won his first three starts in really good style and then in the C S Hayes Stakes his saddle slipped coming out of the gates, he bucked and he was about 20 lengths off them.
“His sectionals were every bit as good as Wandjina and Disposition and those sorts of horses.
“I thought he was a really good chance going into the Guineas off the back of that and he loomed up, but obviously chipped his knee.
“I think he’s a potential Group One horse, it’s just whether we can get him there.”
Lucky Liberty won each of his first three career starts, but finished eleventh in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) and thirteenth in the Australian Guineas at his two most recent starts and only black type appearances to date.
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