Godolphin head trainer James Cummings is confident Alizee can add a second Group 1 to her record with a peak performance in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick.
The three-year-old filly returns to the fray after finding the 2000m of Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes a touch too far although she still finished a creditable fourth to Australian Oaks contender Hiyaam.
“She’s showing me everything I needed to see coming out of the Vinery Stakes,” Cummings said. “She drops back to the 1600m and I feel like she’s ready to produce the best run of her preparation.”
Cummings admitted Alize ($10) would have to lift in an ultra-competitive field of 17 which includes the Ron Quinton-trained duo, Dixie Blossoms ($5.50 favourite) and Daysee Doom ($8.50). The Andrew Noblet-trained Silent Sedition has firmed from $9.00 into $7.50.
Alizee ($11) claimed her Group 1 win last spring in the Flight Stakes (1600m). Although the competition looks ominous on Saturday, Cummings says barrier eight and a 2.5kg weight advantage on the remainder of the field are positives.
“Hopefully she’s the one coming on the scene to sprint past them,” he said.
Regular jockey Glyn Schofield replaces Brenton Avdulla, who rode Alizee in the Vinery Stakes.
“She looks like she’s working her way into good form now, she back to the mile and the profile suits,” Schofield said. “She’s won over the Randwick mile. All the reports say she’s going really well so I’m very happy to be back on her.”
Meanwhile, Cummings said Randwick Guineas-winning colt Kementari would spell after finishing a luckless 10th in last Saturday’s Doncaster Mile.
“Kementari pulled up very well largely on account of the fact that he was locked away all of the way up the straight and never got clear,” he said. “There will be some beautiful weight-for-age races in the spring.”
#Kementari update from @JamesCummings88: “The colt had a preparation we can all be very proud of and in good news we look forward to seeing the colt train on as a 4YO next season, because he looks like he has got heaps left to offer for the stable” #TeamGodolphin pic.twitter.com/EOMpd0nwG6
— Godolphin (@godolphin) April 11, 2018
Kementari is on the third line of betting, at $12, for The Everest, where defending champion Redzel is the $4.50 favourite.