Options are open
Cummings not ruling anything out with Alizee
THE inaugural $5 million All Star Mile is one available option to James Cummings with dual Group 1 winner Alizee who adds a considerable dose of star power to tomorrow’s Listed ATC Christmas Classic (1200m) at Royal Randwick.
It has been 259-days since Alizee last set foot onto Headquarters in a race turning in arguably her best ever run coming from near last up the rise to win the Group 1 ATC Queen Of The Turf by two lengths.
Sadly, for Cummings and his Godolphin team, Alizee was sidelined the entire spring after a bleeding attack at her training HQ at Agnes Banks leaving her trainer to ponder what might have been for the daughter of Sepoy.
“It was heartbreaking to watch all those good fillies and mares races during the spring without her in them,” Cummings said.
“I’d have to say we’ve been waiting with bated breath for her comeback. She’s a mare that everyone in the team is keen to see back at track.”
If there was any doubt in the minds of punters how well Alizee is tracking ahead of her longawaited return to racing then they need look no further than her two outstanding trials at Rosehill and Randwick respectively.
“Her trials have been good and there’s plenty of improvement to come from the Randwick trial win last week. She’s ready run really well,” says Cummings.
While nothing is locked in for Alizee in 2019 just yet, the lure of the lion’s share of $5m could see her Melbourne for at least one Saturday this autumn.
“As far as her targets this preparation, we have an open mind, but I feel she’d be competitive at weight-for-age, so that opens up some good possibilities,” Cummings said. “There are other possibilities as well – the new race in Melbourne, All Star Mile is one. But we don’t want to muddy the waters just yet.
“We’ll all get together after she runs and consider all the possibilities.”
Alizee’s profile was lifted even while she in the paddock and pre-training thanks to her half-brother Tassort’s incredible debut win in the ATC Golden Gift (1100m) which saw him instantly promoted to favourite for the 2019 Golden Slipper.
The Godolphin team are looking forward to the return of Alizee at Randwick tomorrow. Pic: Grant Guy