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Cum­mings not rul­ing any­thing out with Al­izee

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - SHAYNE O’CASS

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

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