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Librettist: his best northern-hemisphere performer is Libranno

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First Australasian winner for Darley sire Librettist

CARRIED AWAY claimed an Australian first for Westbury Stud shuttler Librettist at Queanbeyan on Thursday.

Carried Away, out of the Beautiful Crown mare Ballybelle, started the A$14 outsider of six starters in the 4½f Tony Campbell Memorial Maiden after a mediocre barrier trial at Canberra last month.

Co-trainer Paul Jones is now eyeing a potential Black Opal Stakes campaign for the winner, who slipped under the radar on debut. He led from the outset to easily defeat the dead-heaters Sydney Melody (Henny Hughes) and Macho (Danzero).

''He did a lot of work leading into the barrier trial and we just wanted to get his racing ticket that day,'" Jones explained. '"I'm pretty sure they don't pay on barrier trials and I was quietly confident that he'd run a very big race."

Librettist (Danzig) was a top-class juvenile and, after being sidelined at three, returned the following year for brilliant front-running victories in the Group 1 Prix Jacques le Marois and Group 1 Prix du Moulin, both over a mile.

Librettist stood his first southern hemisphere season at Darley Kelvinside in Australia in 2008 and was transferred to stand at Westbury Stud in New Zealand the following year. He is a half-brother to Dubai Destination and shuttles from Darley's French base at Haras du Logis.

Librettist stands at Gerry Harvey's Westbury property for a NZ$12,500 service fee.

At the NZB Ready To Run 2YO Sale last month, his first-colt from Fleuret sold for NZ$120,000. In Australia earlier in the year, a Librettist half-brother to stakes winners Divorces and Disputes fetched A$120,000 at the Inglis Easter yearling sale.

The best European-bred runner by Librettist to date is the Richard Hannon-trained colt Libranno. He won the Group 2 July Stakes in 2010 and returned to Newmarket for a Group 3 victory in the Criterion Stakes this year.

He also doubled up at Goodwood after claiming the time-honoured Group 2 Richmond Stakes in 2010. He was back at the Sussex course in August to win the Group 3 Supreme Stakes.





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