Trainer James Cummings is hoping Alizee can repeat the effort of last year’s winner Global Glamour with back to back Group 1 wins with victory in the $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Global Glamour won the Group 1 $500,000 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick during the 2017 Sydney Spring Carnival a week before winning the Thousand Guineas and Alizee will also head to Caulfield as the Flight Stakes winner.
Cummings said that Alizee has pulled up well after her Group 1 win on September 30 and will be in top order for Saturday’s contest against the other seven fillies.
“Global Glamour backed up a week after winning the Flight Stakes so it was nothing for her to back up and do it. Most years there’s been a ten day gap but we’ve had two weeks up our sleeves,” Cummings told the Herald Sun.
“She looked to have pulled up better from the Flight Stakes than she did when she won the Tea Roses Stakes.”
“She’s deep into her preparation but that doesn’t bother me too much. She has enough condition on her to allow her to hold her form from her last start which was a fabulous effort. Everything I’ve asked of her, she has done.”
Alizee will be having her first start at Caulfield in the Thaosand Guineas but Cummings is confident that Sepoy filly will handle the tricky track after pleasing the trainer with a stylish gallop there on Tuesday Morning.
“I couldn’t be much happier with the way she handled Caulfield this morning (Tuesday). Her work was perfect,” Cummings said.
“She got around the track without any trouble and the change of scenery will keep her stimulated.”
Alizee has drawn barrier two in the small eight horse Thousand Guineas field and will be ridden by Glyn Schofield who has been aboard the filly in four of her last five starts, including her last two runs that resulted in a victory in the Group 2 $200,000 McGrath Estate Agents Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on September 16 and in the Flight Stakes.
Alizee is the solid $2.20 favourite for the Thousand Guineas at Ladbrokes.com.au ahead of Anthony Freedman trained Shoals at $4.60 and last start Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Booker at $6.