Trainer James Cummings scored his first Group 1 win since taking over the reins of the Godolphin stable with a last to first win by Alizee in the $500,000 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick today.
Alizee was sent out as the $2.90 favourite on the back of a win in the Group 2 $200,000 McGrath Estate Agents Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 16 and she made the punters happy with an easy two and a quarter lengths win in the end.
The Bjorn Baker trained Champagne Cuddles ($3.80) was relegated to the runner’s up stall for the fourth week in a row while Cellargirl ($10) ran another honest race to fill third spot.
Winning jockey Glyn Schofield had no worries about settling Alizee at the tail of the eleven horse field and weaved a safe passage in between runners in the straight to dominate the finish and prove to be the best filly on the day.
“It has been a big team effort for this filly,” Cummings said.
“We just worked on her more and more throughout this preparation to treat her more and more like a normal horse.”
“She got here and just went to sleep in the tie up stalls out the back and she just had a perfect preparation to peak on her grand final. She just walked in.”
Alizee is among the nominations for the Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 14 but Cummings didn’t indicate if he would be heading to Melbourne with the Sepoy filly