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Libertarian wins the Dante - York 16.05.13

Libertarian (right) sweeps through to beat the big guns in the Dante

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Libertarian surprise 33-1 winner of Dante

Report: York, Thursday

Betfred Dante Stakes (Group 2) 1m2f, 3yo colts and geldings

LIBERTARIAN broke Aidan O'Brien's stranglehold in the Derby trials as the Elaine Burke-trained colt ran out a shock 33-1 winner of the Dante.

The Irish-trained pair of Trading Leather and Indian Chief were second and third respectively, while leading British hopes Ghurair and Greatwood finished fourth and a disappointing seventh.

Winner of a maiden at Pontefract despite being very green, Libertarian was promoted to Group company next time out when he finished fourth in the bet365 Classic Trial despite being carried across the track.

His inexperience was again evident at York and William Buick had to chase him along turning for home, when it appeared likely the pair would finish closer to last than first. However Libertarian kept finding for Buick, and the pair finished strongly up the far side to defeat Trading Leather.

Karl Burke, representing his wife Elaine said: "He's a proper horse, we've always thought a lot of him. Sandown was a nonsense of a race for him, he's such a green horse.

"He's a big backward animal and has taken a lot of time and has done nothing but improve."

Libertarian is now a general 20-1 chance for the Derby, for which he was as big as 100-1 before, while BetVictor go 16-1. Runner-up Trading Leather is now around the same price from 33-1.

A big imposing colt, the experience should not be lost on Libertarian, and he will need to be more streetwise on the undulations of the Sussex Downs.

It was a thrilling finish to the race, with five chances spread across the track entering the final furlong. Joseph O'Brien had confidently ridden favourite Indian Chief into contention, but they were beaten fair and square into third.

The French Derby is now on Trading Leather's radar, as trainer Jim Bolger said: "I'm very pleased.I couldn't be happier with him. Kevin [Manning] was always happy with him and thinks he'll get a mile and a half. He'll only run at Epsom if something goes wrong.

"He might go for the French Derby. The only trials that matter are the ones that are run at Coolcullen and I've been ecstatic with them."

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