JOHN QUINN has nominated the Sky Bet Lowther Stakes at next week’s Ebor festival as the intended target for improving filly Liberty Beach.
The talented juvenile has been one of the success stories of the season, blitzing her nine rivals in a Listed race at Sandown, prior to taking success in the Group Three Molecomb Stakes at Glorious Goodwood under in-form Jason Hart.
The daughter of Cable Bay holds an entry in both the Lowther Stakes and the Prix Morny at Deauville, but Malton-based Quinn said the former engagement – a £225,000 Group Two – is the preferred option.
“She’s in the Morny and the Lowther, but I think she’ll run in the Lowther,” Quinn said.
“She’s been absolutely fine since Goodwood. She’s had an easy-ish time since. She cantered lovely on Monday and I couldn’t be happier with her.”
Liberty Beach has yet to race beyond five furlongs, but Quinn remains open minded about the prospect of his charge stepping up in trip by a furlong on the Knavesmire.
He is also relaxed regarding ground conditions for Liberty Beach, highlighting her versatility.
A statue of Lester Piggott will be unveiled by the racing legend himself at York next Wednesday on the opening day of the Ebor meeting.