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Godolphin’s gun mare Alizee is already in odds-on territory ahead of final acceptances for her first-up return in Saturday’s Expressway Stakes 2020 at Rosehill.
The James Cummings-trained daughter of super sire Sepoy is one of 11 early entries for this season’s edition of the Group 2 $200,000 Expressway Stakes (1200m).
Racing NSW extended nominations on the weight-for-age feature until 11:00am (AEDT) on Tuesday.
Alizee returns chasing back-to-back Expressway Stakes wins having won the autumn lead-up by a runaway two lengths last year.
The five-year-old has won over $2.9 million in prize money and success on Saturday will see her surpass $3 million in career earnings.
A three-time elite level winner, Alizee backed-up from her Expressway Stakes success last year to take out the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.
She then ran a close third behind star Tasmanian filly Mystic Journey in the inaugural $5 million The All-Star Mile (1600m) run at Flemington.
The 2020 The All-Star Mile moves to Caulfield on March 14 and Alizee is rated a $34 shot in futures markets on the Special Conditions showdown at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The defending Expressway Stakes champ however is at a much shorter quote in all-in markets for Saturday’s Group 2 in Sydney paying $1.90.
Alizee races for the first time since her fourth behind Nature Strip in Flemington’s Group 1 VRC Classic (1200m) down the straight during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November.
Court’s In Session (2005-06) was the last back-to-back Expressway Stakes winner.
Cummings and the Royal Blue army also have Golden Slipper winning filly Kiamichi among the Expressway Stakes nominations.
A Rosehill track specialist, the Sidestep three-year-old has won three of her four starts at the track finishing second in the other including her Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) success in the wet last March.
There are two other three-year-old Expressway Stakes entries for 2020 with the Chris Waller-trained Kubrick and the lightly-raced Gerald Ryan-trained Standout.
Shooting To Win colt Kubrick was last seen atoning for his disappointing Caulfield Guineas run when 14th to Super Seth in Melbourne winning the $1 million Bondi Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on October 26.
Waller has also nominated for Ocean Park four-year-old Kolding who won three on the trot last campaign including the Group 1 Epsom handicap (1600m) and Rosehill’s $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m).
The stable chases a third Expressway Stakes win following Waller’s previous victories with Weary (2015) and Rangirangdoo (2010).
As for Standout, Ryan’s Exceed And Excel colt is considered the most likely to defeat Alizee in early Expressway Stakes betting having won three of his four career starts in easier grade.
The 2020 Expressway Stakes field and barriers are announced on Wednesday morning with all-in markets available here.
2020 Expressway Stakes Nominations
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|2||044×601232||GLENALL||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||100|
|5||1111x5111x||KOLDING (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller||114|
|7||91800x700x||SIR BACCHUS||G||7||Joseph Pride||89|
|8||x1111x56x2||SPECIAL REWARD||G||4||Kris Lees||90|
|11||90x610190x||WHITE MOSS||M||6||Jason Coyle||108|
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