Anthony Cummings to prepare Libertini for first-up tilt at The Everest

Trainer Anthony Cummings is devising an audacious plan to run star mare Libertini first-up in the $15m The TAB Everest later this year.

Cummings, who has well-bred filly Hidden Smile making her debut in the Schweppes Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday, said Libertini has a proven ability to sprint well fresh.

“I want to go first-up into The Everest, logically I think that is what ought to happen,’’ Cummings said.

“I know everyone says you can’t do it (win The Everest without a lead-up run) but she runs track records or close to it first-up from a spell every time. We are heading towards the main event if we can get a start.’’

Libertini ran a brilliant 1min 7.6sec to win beat Classique Legend when resuming in the Premiere Stakes last spring before the mare ran eighth to the grey flyer in The Everest two weeks later.

She has been twice placed at Group 1 level in three starts since and is back in work at Randwick.

Anthony Cummings is waiting for a call from a slot-holder. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“It wouldn’t surprise me at all if she has improved given the maturity she now possesses,’’ Cummings said of the rising five-year-old mare.

“Every preparation she has come back better and she does look in great order.

“Gerry (Harvey, owner) is happy to go to The Everest although it depends if we get the invite. She will have two trials before the race.

“If we don’t get a start, we have a race at Randwick (Sydney Stakes) the same day and Group 1 sprints in Melbourne.’’

Cummings is optimistic about a competitive debut from two-year-old filly Hidden Smile in the Randwick opener on Saturday.

“She is a nice filly,’’ Cummings said.

“I’ve been happy with her trials but she is better on top of the ground.

Originally published asCummings’ ambitious Everest plan for Libertini

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