The big filly Alizee charged down the middle to record her second Group 1 win over the Randwick mile following her Flight Stakes success in the spring.
Find out what the jockeys made of their horses’ runs in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Legacy (1600m) at Royal Randwick.
Glyn Schofield (Alizee): “She’s a special girl. In the Spring she was really dominant as a 3YO against her own age. To do this now, fantastic. James [Cummings] had this race in mind for a long time and all credit to him and the Godolphin team, they’ve presented her in great order today.
“She’s found that really strong turn of speed which was lacking at the beginning of this preparation, but you can see how big she is, I think she just takes a bit of racing to get really race fit. She was impressive today.”
“I wanted to be a little bit closer, but I assessed after 100m after the start and they were pretty well stacked inside me, so I had to come back to get a spot a little closer to the fence.
“I didn’t want to cover ground the whole way because I know with the sprint she’s got that if I allow her to have the sprint left at the end of the race, she’s going to give it to me and she did today.”
Alizee swoops late to win the Coolmore Legacy at Royal Randwick
Blake Shinn (Prompt Response): “It is a bit of a bummer to run second because she is so deserving to win a Group 1 but full credit to the winner. My girl ran out of her skin again and her time will come in a Group 1.”
Andrew Adkins (Daysee Doom): “She is a bit over the top. She raced a bit fresh and she may of had enough.”
Kerrin McEvoy (Foxplay): “From the gate we had to be a little quiet early. She rallied really well and hit the line strongly the last furlong.”
Corey Brown (Dixie Blossoms): “I had no luck whatsoever. She still looked the winner when she was topping the rise but she was facing the breeze and the wind is really strong out where I was.”
Craig Williams (Silent Sedition): “I felt she didn’t quite run out the trip so she was a bit disappointing.”
Tye Angland (Heavens Above): “She ran really well. We found a lovely spot. It was a little bit start stop but to her credit she hit the line strong. She just wants a little bit further.”
Mark Zahra (Spanish Reef): “She had to work a little bit from the gate but she has probably come to the end of it.”
Hugh Bowman (Zanbagh): “I had a lovely run. I just don’t think her heart is where it once once. I don’t know where they go from here.”
Michael Dee (Oregon's Day): “It got a bit messy through the midstages. The ones I was following were trying to come back and get cover. She’s run tough again.”
Damien Oliver (Payroll): “She was a bit plain today. She didn’t finish it off at her best.”
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Damian Lane (Abbey Marie): “She ran so well. I couldn’t gain any momentum though and didn’t have a lot of luck in the straight.”
Jason Collett (Aide Memoire): “She had a wide run and it probably told late.”
Brenton Avdulla (Eckstein): “She tried her guts out. She travelled up behind Prompt Response but just wasn’t good enough to get past her.”
Joao Moreira (Samovare): “She was a bit keen early and she wasn’t able to finish off.”
Luke Currie (Perfect Rhyme):</b? “She just never travelled.”
Dean Yendall (Nettoyer): “She ran awesome. They went at a quick gallop. I was happy to ride for luck and let her finish off really strongly.”