By Ray Hickson
Godolphin trainer James Cummings has thrown down the gauntlet to promising filly Alizee to show what she’s made of at Randwick on Saturday.
The half-sister to Group 1 winner Astern tackles the Group 2 $200,000 Furious Stakes (1200m) where she’ll again face off with Formality and Champagne Cuddles, the two fillies she split in a tight finish to the Silver Shadow on August 19.
Under the conditions of the Furious, Alizee is 1kg worse off for her narrow defeat and Cummings said while there are positives for her that is a hurdle to overcome.
“She should be better suited in a slightly bigger field with a better tempo here and with the opportunity to get some cover and get a run off the speed,’’ Cummings said.
Formality outguns Alizee in the Silver Shadow at Randwick - August 19
“But she still needs to lift now that she’s getting into a set weights race against some very nice fillies like Formality and Champagne Cuddles.”
Hugh Bowman takes the ride on Alizee on Saturday from the inside alley and Cummings said she should be close to her top.
“I was delighted with her last run and she was very brave,’’ he said.
“Alizee has come on since her close second to Formality at Randwick.”
Godolphin produces an unbeaten colt in Beau Geste in the ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap (1300m), his first run since an impressive debut at Canterbury back in May.
The Street Cry colt has also drawn the inside alley, with Brenton Avdulla riding, and has trialled twice in recent weeks.
Beau Geste winning on debut at Canterbury - May 24
“He was a horse that had a really good run in the race (on debut) but he was required to pull off a last fast furlong to win and he did that with quite a lot of style,’’ Cummings said.
Stayer Allergic failed to beat a runner home behind Winx in the Warwick Stakes and while Cummings is making no bold predictions of an upset he’s expecting to see a bit more in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).
His task has been made no easier by jumping from the outside alley but Cummings said the race is a stepping stone towards his major spring goal.
“We were pleased with how he hit the line,’’ he said.
“This won’t be any easier, but we look forward to getting him back to handicap class and have him ready for a race like the Metropolitan.”
“He’s received the tick of approval for what he’s done so far, he’s trained on and he’ll get his chance in the right race.”