Memsie Stakes 2019 Field: Alizee Faces 12 Rivals From Barrier 11

August 28, 2019

Memsie Stakes 2019 Field: Alizee Faces 12 Rivals From Barrier 11

Godolphin-raced favourite Alizee has a wide barrier 11 of 13 barrier to overcome as she looks for back-to-back wins to continue her spring in Saturday’s 2019 Memsie Stakes field.

Alizee. Photo: Steve Hart.

Alizee has jockey Damien Oliver aboard for the first time in Saturday’s 2019 Memsie Stakes field at Caulfield. Photo: Steve Hart.

The brilliant Group 1 winning mare already boasts an elite level win at the track and distance in this year’s Futurity Stakes.

She is now very well-supported in the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au to take out the Group 1 $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) second-up.

Her campaign kick-off was on August 10 in Sydney’s Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) where she narrowly defeated the Kris Lees-trained duo of Invincible Gem and Le Romain.

The Missile Stakes form was subsequently franked last weekend with the runner-up, Invincible Gem, finishing a close third behind upset winner Samadoubt in the season’s opening Group 1 race – the Winx Stakes at Randwick.

Sepoy five-year-old Alizee has Damien Oliver jumping aboard for the first time in her Memsie Stakes bid and the hoop is confident he is on the right horse in the weight-for-age feature.

“It’s really exciting to get an opportunity on a class horse like her,” Oliver, 47, said this week.

“I’ve ridden a Group 1 winner for James’ grandfather [Bart] and father [Anthony], and it’d be nice to win one for him, too.

“I hear she’s a big, strong mare.

“And she’s got what sets great horses apart from others – she’s got great acceleration.

“That’s what you want – a horse than can get you in and out of trouble when you need to and quicken up when they need to.”

Cummings and Godolphin also have the ultra-consistent veteran Hartnell in this season’s Memsie Stakes field.

The multiple Group 1 winning champion is drawn the inside alley as he chases his first turf triumph since the 2018 Epsom Handicap.

Hartnell became just the 11th horse in Australian racing history to amass over $7 million in prize money when he finished a brave third behind Cox Plate favourite Mystic Journey first-up in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 17.

Incredibly, Saturday will be the 29th Group 1 start for the import whose record at the top level includes three wins and another dozen top three finishes.

This weekend Craig Williams replaces Hugh Bowman in the saddle, riding Hartnell for the first time since a fourth over the mile at The Valley in September of last year.

Last year’s Memsie Stakes winner Humidor is back chasing successive wins in the feature for the first time since the great mare Sunline (2000-01).

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Teofilo gelding won the race from barrier three as a $31 hope 12 months ago.

He returns first-up on Saturday from a wider gate 10 draw with last year’s winning hoop Damian Lane continuing his lovely association with the now seven-year-old.

Humidor is joined by stablemate Cliff’s Edge (2), the Canford Cliff’s entire presenting fit third-up on the back of his brave second when run down late in the P.B. Lawrence Stakes.

The star-studded edition of the Memsie Stakes field also features early Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes favourite Begood Toya Mother (13) chasing his seventh consecutive win and Lindsay Park’s last start Aurie’s Star winner at Flemington So Si Bon (3).

The 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes runs as Caulfield Race 8 at 4:50pm (AEST) on Saturday in Melbourne.

2019 Memsie Stakes Field & Barriers

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 20x53233x3 HARTNELL (GB) James Cummings Craig Williams 1 59kg 116
2 29x496870x BLACK HEART BART Lindsey Smith Brad Rawiller 9 59kg 109
3 84x817333x HUMIDOR (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damian Lane 10 59kg 116
4 x32x6900x6 MATERIAL MAN Pat Carey TBA 12 59kg 107
5 2730x53x12 SCALES OF JUSTICE Lindsey Smith Dean Yendall 5 59kg 109
6 x071516x32 CLIFF’S EDGE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 2 59kg 107
7 50x11110x4 DESPATCH Tony McEvoy Jamie Kah 8 59kg 107
8 41292450×1 SO SI BON David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Luke Nolen 3 59kg 104
9 48x11111x1 BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER Daniel Bowman Declan Bates 13 59kg 94
10 154x17x163 SESAR Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 7 58.5kg 100
11 1x111306x1 ALIZEE James Cummings Damien Oliver 11 57kg 116
12 44130x08x7 OOHOOD Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 6 56.5kg 103
13 3x432200x3 FUNDAMENTALIST David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Michael Walker 4 56.5kg 102

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