Liqueuro (Fiorente {Ire}) proved himself as a young stayer on the rise when he brought up his second win from as many starts at Flemington on Saturday and trainer Cindy Alderson still believes he is still far from being the finished product.

The 3-year-old son of Fiorente (Ire) made his debut at Mornington on New Year’s Day, winning a maiden over 1500 metres, before making the step up to city grade and 2000 metres at Flemington with flying colours to fight out the finish in the Lexus Summer Event Trophy.

He was the most inexperienced runner in the race but with Jamie Kah on his back, he was able to present at the top of the straight and battle all the way to the finish line and hit the front in the final strides of the race.

Alderson said it was the way in which he secured the win that impressed her the most.

“I think his tenacity and his never say die attitude was very impressive,” the Cranbourne trainer told TDN AusNZ. “The fact that he just kept on coming on and obviously making the step from a maiden to a Saturday race at Flemington was quite an impressive step I thought.”

Alderson said she didn’t go into Saturday’s race with any great expectations for the gelding as he is not a horse that shows a great deal at home.

“He’s a very, very dour trackworker so it’s very hard to get a line on him based on his trackwork and I suppose his first-up win, even though someone backed him, was a surprise for us,” she said.

“He’s (Liqueuro) a very, very dour trackworker so it’s very hard to get a line on him based on his trackwork.” – Cindy Alderson

“I honestly didn’t think he would win below 2000 metres when I first started training him so I was surprised he did win first-up. He’s had races run to suit him but he’s still had to be good enough to capitalise on that and he was.”

With Liqueuro heading out for a short break, Alderson said he is a very light horse who struggles to hold much condition, however, she has been surprised with how well he has done since his run.

“He’s just gone to the water walker and the paddock for a little bit of a break,” Alderson said.

“He is very lightly framed and there was no condition on him going into the race but he has actually eaten up after the race and he’s been eating up all the way through recently. So despite being light in condition, he’s eating well, he’s got a really good skin on him and he’s really healthy and bright so I think he’s come through it quite well.

“It was a tough run but a horse like him is always going to race a little bit that way.”

Above: Cindy Alderson

Looking ahead, Alderson said Liqueuro could be a horse for the backend 3-year-old staying features with a race like the G1 South Australian Derby the most likely Group 1 target for him.

“I think South Australia (would be the target) because it’s an easier trip for him,” Alderson said.

“Queensland is a long trip away but he’s only a young horse and fairly inexperienced so a big trip might be a little bit beyond him with the condition that he carries.

“South Australia is only across the border so we could possibly look at that if he was to measure up.”

Whether or not he is ready to tackle a staying feature this season is another question with Alderson believing he won’t be fully grown into his body until he is four and that is when we will see the best of him.

“I think when he finally fills his frame up he might get a bit more speed, which he probably will need to compete in better races,” she said. “But whether it comes as a 3-year-old or a 4-year-old, I tend to think he won’t really furnish into his frame until he is four.”

Above: Liqueuro as a yearling

Article courtesy of TDN