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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, above, scores a last to first win in the Flight Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Alizee, above, scores a last to first win in the Flight Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

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

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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