Godolphin will once again use a Kembla Grange maiden as a springboard this Saturday towards the Golden Slipper next month.
John O’Shea will sent carnival prospects Alizee and Platinum to the South Coast for the Humphries Family Two-year-old Maiden Handicap, a race he won with Exosphere two years ago. Exosphere went on to start second favourite in the Golden Slipper and won a Golden Rose.
“It is perfectly timed for those horses heading to the big two-year-old races,” O’Shea said. “We have used this race before with good results," he said. “There is no two-year-old race in Sydney this weekend and we are five weeks out from the Golden Slipper.
“They have to start somewhere and this race is a good fit, particularly for this pair. They can have a good hit-out before shaping up for better races in the next month.”
Alizee, a half-sister to Astern out of Sepoy, has only had the one barrier trial winning it with something in hand at Rosehill last month.
“She has done everything we can ask of her and it give her a chance to go to the races before looking at those Slipper lead-ups,” O’Shea said. “We are expecting her to give a good account of herself.”
Platinum failed to beat a runner home in his debut in Melbourne in October and finished midfield in a recent barrier trial at Randwick: “He is a nice horse, which is going to get over a bit of ground,” O’Shea said.
Later in the afternoon, the partnership of Gai Waterhouse and Adrain Bott hopes Dortmund can break his maiden in the Club Windang Handicap. Dortmund has been runner-up at both his starts including the Magic Millions Maiden on the Gold Coast last month.