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Monday, 21 January, 2019

Ivory exploring all options as doors open for Breeze around the world

Librisa Breeze (grey, Robert Winston) gains a first Group 1 success in the British Champions Sprint
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Success in Saturday's British Champions Sprint has opened up doors all around the world for Librisa Breeze, whose trainer Dean Ivory now needs time to digest them all with owner Tony Bloom and his team.

Ivory, whose unbridled joy at gaining a long awaited career-first win at the highest level was the winner's enclosure highlight for many present at Ascot, said on Sunday: "We've always known he was a good horse but he's been unlucky. He's proved himself now and that gives us confidence for the future.

"We've made an entry for Hong Kong in December, and we were already thinking in terms of Dubai in March. There are a couple of races in Qatar too that might suit, and now we've also had an invitation to go to Australia, so there's plenty to think about.

"I'll have to go through all of the options, but it's certainly opened a few doors for us. It's great to have such a good horse and to be wanted for all of these races. We can take our time and be a bit choosy."

Ivory, who had picked up two big handicap pots with the grey while nurturing his progress from a modest opening mark of 86 to an imminent 120 or so, added: "It's all in the melting pot and it's too early to say too much, but we did take up the free entry for Hong Kong on Saturday, and then later on I was introduced to Australian interests who have also given me options.

"The problem with Hong Kong is that I'm not sure the track will suit him, as they sprint round a bend at Sha Tin and Librisa Breeze likes a straight track and a bit of cut in the ground.

"Dubai was always where we planned to go, but we'll look at Australia, where there's more than one race. It might clash with Dubai, so it will depend on timing and prize-money. but I'd imagine Tony would be up for it as he clearly got a big kick out of Satuday's win."

Librisa Breeze was a welcome first Group 1 win in 13 years for Robert Winston, who has admitted he might have retired by now without such a good horse to look forward to.

Saturday's was therefore a hugely satisfying success, and his percentage of the £340,000 winner's prize proved very timely.

Winston, 37, revealed: "It's amazing how a bit of success can help you out, and I'm off to buy a tractor to make [partner] Victoria's life a bit easier around the yard.

"In fairness we were already going to view one, but instead of getting it on finance we can purchase it outright now."

It has certainly opened a few doors for us. It's great to have such a good horse and to be wanted for all of these races
E.W. Terms
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