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Liberthine gets off to the perfect start as dam

HIGH-CLASS chaser Liberthine got her stud career off to the perfect start on Sunday when her first foal, Free Thinking, streaked to victory in a bumper on the all-weather at Kempton by nine lengths on her racecourse debut.

Free Thinking is trained by Nicky Henderson for Robert Waley-Cohen, the same team behind Liberthine, who started her career in France and flourished when imported to Britain, winning  the Mildmay of Flete Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Liberthine also won the Topham Chase at Aintree and was a gallant fifth to Silver Birch in the 2007 Grand National.

The 13-year-old daughter of Chamberlin is a half-sister to King George VI Chase and Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Long Run, who also carries the colours of Waley Cohen.

Four-year-old filly Free Thinking is by Hernando, best known as the sire of Classic winners Holding Court, Look Here and Sulamani, but also a fine source of top jumpers, as the likes of Cape Tribulation, No Refuge and State Of Play prove.

Younger foals produced by Liberthine at Waley-Cohen's Upton Viva Stud in Oxfordshire are a two-year-old filly by Poliglote, a yearling filly by Presenting and a filly foal by Kayf Tara.





King's Theatre £948,417
Presenting £889,316
Oscar £772,014
Beneficial £757,104
Milan £711,606
Westerner £562,432
Flemensfirth £516,588
Kayf Tara £470,195
Stowaway £400,859
Midnight Legend £396,669