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Godolphin head trainer James Cummings believes the market move on Alizee is spot-on and despite breeding the Sepoy filly is a genuine 2000m chance in 2018 Vinery Stud Stakes betting on Easter Saturday.
The second of two Group 1 Sydney races held at Rosehill Gardens this afternoon, the Group 1 $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) features a wide-open market on the three-year-old fillies.
Many are progressing towards a run at Royal Randwick on April 14 in the Group 1 $1 million Australian Oaks (2400m), while others are taking it one staying step at a time.
Alizee falls into the latter category, the Vinery Stud Stakes her first test at further than a mile.
Winner of the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) last September, the bay was the beaten favourite when third in her final spring run behind Aloisia in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.
This autumn she’s been back home in Sydney for her three runs including the first-up victory in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m).
She was sixth next-up when under two lengths off the winner Shoals in the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) before her 13th in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) last time out.
Taking on the older mares in that March 17 showdown at Rosehill, Alizee had a horror run from a wide barrier (15 of 17) and still was only two and a quarter-lengths beaten by the winner Daysee Doom.
Alizee also ran the fastest final 600m sectional in the Coolmore Classic with a blistering 34.29 seconds.
Now Cummings has her back against her own kind but up in distance for the Vinery Stud Stakes, Alizee drawn gate nine with Brenton Avdulla, winning hoop in last weekend’s Golden Slipper Stakes, coming aboard for the ride.
“We’re giving Alizee the opportunity to run over the 2000m in the Vinery Stud Stakes,” he told Racing NSW.
“There’s not too many opportunities for her to run against three-year-old fillies at set weights at this level.”
Aloisia is next best in betting at $5 looking to atone for her 13th at Flemington on March 3 in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m).
Despite her inexperience at the distance, Alizee is also being kept safe in Vinery Stud Stakes betting at $6 for the win looking a genuine chance if she gets out over the 2000m like her recent racing and blistering turn of foot suggest she will.
“There’s no doubt that she’s got a lot of power and she’s a filly with a brilliant turn of foot,” Cummings said.
“If she can hold it together and be ready to unleash a big final furlong it would be interesting to see how difficult it will be for her opposition to hold her out late.”
To back Alizee in the Vinery Stud Stakes 2018 at the best odds this afternoon head to Ladbrokes.com.au.
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