Chad Schofield has always felt the unbeaten Libertad would be better as a three-year-old and the Russian Revolution colt didn’t disappoint in Saturday’s San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.

Schofield was brilliant as the gun hoop made light of the widest draw to find the box seat, one out-one back, on Libertad and then bide his time in a slowly run affair to strike in the straight.

When he gave Libertad ($8) his cue, the Kindergarten Stakes winner sprinted clear and held off late charges from Moravia ($13) to win by three-quarters of a length with Butch Cassidy ($15) bursting through late to be a head back in third

“I always thought he’d be better at three and I think I was right,” Schofield said. “We drew the widest gate and planned to ride the horse quietly, but I did say I would ride the horse on feel.

“He flew out of the gates and floated into a lovely position. From there I was able to sit and wait because I knew I had the two leaders covered. When I pressed the button he quickened and held them quite comfortably.”

Libertad made it consecutive San Domenico wins for Schofield and trainer Annabel Neasham, who combined with Sweet Ride last year. He is likely to follow the traditional path to the Golden Rose, through the Run To The Rose.

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