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Danon Liberty Ready For Australian Debut

Australian racing is set to get its awaited overdue first look at Japanese import Danon Liberty at Caulfield on Saturday.
Trainer Darren Weir has included Danon Liberty among a his big list of nominations for Saturday’s G2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m).
Weir may have up to seven runners in the feature weight-for-age event, his entry list also including Saturday’s Flemington winner Voodoo Lad, Caulfield Cup favourite King's Will Dream, five-time G1 winner Black Heart Bart, Australian Cup winner Humidor, Big Duke and Red Cardinal.
Weir said he will discuss a second start in seven days for Voodoo Lad with his owners.

"I wouldn't be against backing him up in the Lawrence if he has a good week," Weir said.
"I'll have to talk to the owners and make sure the horse does well during the week.”
The Lawrence Stakes entries also last year’s winner Hartnell from the Godolphin stable and the Lindsay Park stablemates Boom Time and Harlem.
The six-year-old Danon Liberty has been in Australia for nine months but has been held back after plans to race him in Brisbane in June were aborted.
Weir had to draw up new plans for the classy import after he failed to gain a start in the G1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at Doomben on June 9.
Danon Liberty was the “talking horse” of the Stradbroke after winning a barrier trial at Werribee in late May that sparked heavy support for the six-year-old to win the $1.5 million Brisbane sprint.
However he missed out on a Stradbroke start when he was drawn as an emergency despite his strong Japanese form in Group races.
Danon Liberty stayed in Queensland during June before returning to Victoria.
"Everything's really good with him,” Weir reported. “After he missed the run in the Stradbroke, he stayed in Queensland for a couple of weeks in the sun and then returned to Warrnambool.
“He doing really well.”
Danon Liberty won three of his 27 starts in Japan over distances from 1 m to 1 1⁄8 m and was placed eight times including six thirds in G3 races, amassing more than $A1.8 million prizemoney.
Weir’s previous success with Japanese imports Tosen Stardom and Brave Smash has given the trainer a good handle on how to prepare Danon Liberty for his spring campaign.
While Danon Liberty’s best Japanese form is over middle distances Weir is taking a lead from the success he has enjoyed with Brave Smash.
Brave Smash, like Danon Liberty, was a Japanese “find” for syndicators Australian Bloodstock and landed in Australia with form over longer distances but has become an accomplished G1 sprinter in Australia under Weir’s training.

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