Ivory mulls Librisa options

Dean Ivory will monitor Librisa Breeze's condition before deciding whether the five-year-old will take up one of his two entries at Ascot on British Champions Day.

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With that meeting just under two weeks away, the Radlett trainer feels it is too early to say whether Librisa Breeze will line-up in either the Qipco British Champions Sprint over six furlongs or the seven-furlong Balmoral Handicap.

Of the two options, Ivory is leaning slightly towards the Group One, although the Mount Nelson gelding has never run over the shorter distance.

Librisa Breeze came from a seemingly impossible position, under an ice-cool ride by Robert Winston, to snatch what looked an unlikely victory a furlong from home in the totescoop6 Challenge Cup Heritage Handicap over seven furlongs.

After those heroics, Ivory reported Librisa Breeze to be a little jaded on Sunday.

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"You have to hand it to the horse, putting the trainer and jockey aside. He was fantastic," he said.

"I'd been on the quiet list for a while, but I hadn't been running many horses. I've been trying to find the right races for them and this was a job well done.

"It might have looked like he had an easy race, but that last furlong, when he was trying to get through, took more out of him than the other six furlongs. He's a very honest horse.

"He might go for the six-furlong race on Champions Day, but it's too early to say. Two weeks is not very long and we'll have to see. I think he carries a penalty in the handicap.

"I'll have to go through the conditions of the race and talk to the owner and we'll decide from there.

"He needed all of the seven furlongs, but it all depends on the pace of a race.

"Would you say it would be better for him carry less weight over a shorter distance than he would over further? There are different ways of looking at things.

"We'll leave it to the horse. That will be the decider."

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