Keiba Diary: what a Liberty
Adrian Webber pays homage to the new Queen of Japanese racing, looks at Kurofune’s impressive stats, a jockey relocation, and anticipates a cracking contest in the year’s final Classic.
The saying goes that death and taxes are the only certain things in life, but it seems like Liberty Island winning Group 1 races should be added to the list.
The extraordinary daughter of Duramente was sent off the 1-10 favourite and didn’t disappoint the 45,000 crowd, or her jockey Yuga Kawada who enjoyed the perfect 38th birthday present.
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The filly broke from gate six and was able to sit just off the pace for some time before being unleashed by Kawada on the outside, and what a response he got once he had asked her to pick up. The result was never in doubt after Liberty Island turned for home and she just looks so much like the perfect racehorse.
Early reports are that she has come out of the race well, and now the big question is where she will go next, and will she clash with Equinox in the Japan Cup? Connections are expected to make that decision soon.