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Alizee is nearing odds-on territory to score another Group 1 win on Saturday after the James Cummings-trained filly came up trumps with gate two in the 2017 Thousand Guineas barrier draw.
Just eight three-year-old fillies are engaged for this year’s Group 1 $500,000 Schweppes Thousand Guineas (1600m) and Alizee has firmed into $2 in the post-field odds at Ladbrokes.com.au after her gun draw.
In such a small field the barriers won’t play as much of a role as in previous years, but it is still an advantage for the Godolphin-raced daughter of Sepoy who is out to do the Flight Stakes – Thousand Guineas double achieved by Global Glamour (2016) last year.
Guelph (2013) was the other most recent winner of the Flight Stakes over the mile in Sydney on way to success in Melbourne’s Thousand Guineas.
Alizee was impressive from barrier 10 of 11 in her two and a quarter-length Flight Stakes win on September 30 and looks hard to beat on the weekend in her Melbourne debut after an impressive gallop at Caulfield on Tuesday morning.
“It was perfect for her. It was just what I wanted to see out of her,” Cummings told AAP after watching Alizee be put through her paces at the Caulfield track.
The last Thousand Guineas winner to jump from barrier two was Mnemosyne.
Following Alizee in the updated Thousand Guineas odds at $5 is the Anthony Freedman-trained Shoals drawn in gate four this weekend.
The consistent filly comes off a second in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) on October 1, a race that has produced two of the past three Group 1 Thousand Guineas winners.
In 2015 Stay With Me improved on a lead-up sixth in the Prelude, while Amicus (2014) the season before came off a second before her win, which is the same form Shoals brings into the race this season.
The Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Booker meanwhile is at $7 rounding out the single-figure hopes on the weekend to do the double for the first time since Irish Lights (2009).
Booker is drawn the outside alley in the Thousand Guineas barriers out in eight with last year’s Caulfield Guineas winning jockey Dwayne Dunn retaining the ride.
Dunn also partners Saturday’s favourite Royal Symphony in the Group 1 $2 million Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) looking to go back-to-back after his success on Divine Prophet last spring.
The inside barrier one is drawn in the Thousand Guineas field by the Aaron Purcell-trained Aloisia, formerly with the suspended Ciaron Maher, who is out to improve on a fifth over 1400m at Caulfield on September 23.
That was the daughter of Amazour’s first-up run as a three-year-old and her maiden start since the brave second behind Capital Gain in Brisbane over the winter in the Group 1 JJ Atkins (1600m).
Aloisia’s last start conqueror Leather’n’lace meanwhile is also in the Group 1 field back at the Caulfield track on Saturday, the Darren Weir-trained daughter of Street Cry having raced again only last weekend.
She jumped the short-priced favourite in Flemington’s Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) running third to Bring Me Roses and gets the chance to atone in the Thousand Guineas from barrier 7.
See below for the full Thousand Guineas 2017 barriers and field before heading to Ladbrokes.com.au for the updated odds on the Saturday Group 1 races.
2017 Thousand Guineas Barrier Draw
Caulfield Racecourse – 14/10/2017
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||111×12||SHOALS||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||4||55.5kg||92|
|2||425×12411||ALIZEE||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||2||55.5kg||–|
|3||12×231||BOOKER||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Dwayne Dunn||8||55.5kg||90|
|4||1x316x974||PURE SCOT||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Ben Melham||3||55.5kg||70|
|5||52x12x5||ALOISIA (NZ)||Aaron Purcell||Luke Nolen||1||55.5kg||85|
|6||3×1113||LEATHER’N’LACE||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||7||55.5kg||74|
|7||339×52||MINTHA||Tony McEvoy||Luke Currie||6||55.5kg||66|
|8||1434||SHE’S SO HIGH||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||5||55.5kg||68|
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