13/2/2020 Alizee heads strong Randwick team in G2 Apollo Stakes
A new option has emerged for the multiple G1 winner Alizee who is due to head the Godolphin contingent at Saturday’s Randwick meeting – weather permitting.
The condition of the Randwick track may yet influence the decision to run the star mare in the G2 Apollo Stakes, with the alternative option of the G1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, 22 February still available.
Alizee (Hugh Bowman) resumed earlier this month in the G2 Expressway Stakes in which she didn’t have the best of runs when second to Standout.
“She motored home stylishly in the Expressway behind a very promising three-year-old,” said trainer James Cummings.
“Since then she’s had a very sensible and straightforward build-up.”
For G1 Golden Slipper winner Kiamichi, the only thing likely to stop her running in the G2 Light Fingers Stakes is the cancellation of the meeting.
Kiamichi missed her intended return to racing on Saturday, 1 February due to excessive heat and was then robbed of an opportunity when last week’s Sydney meeting was washed out.
“Both her trials have been encouraging, she won the latest one in good style and she gets the going she prefers,” Cummings said.
“She laid it all on the line last autumn and her preliminaries have been very strong.”
Kiamichi (Rachel King) will be accompanied in the Light Fingers by last spring’s G1 Thousand Guineas winner Flit (Hugh Bowman), who runs at Randwick in preference to the G3 The Vanity in Melbourne.
“She might just be a tougher filly this time around,” Cummings said.
“She’ll certainly be better for this first-up run, but needless to say, she’s going to be even better when she gets up to the mile.”
In the same race, the Anthony Freedman trained Lyre (Nash Rawiller) resumes after a slightly lacklustre spring that followed her brilliant form of this time last year when she won the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes.
“She’s done very well and seems to be back to her old self,” said assistant trainer Sam Freedman.
“She never looked great in the spring, her coat never really came through."
“But she’s looking much better, her trials have been better and we’re looking forward to her showing her two-year-old form.”
Pohutukawa is another filly whose return to racing Cummings is looking forward to in the G3 Triscay Stakes.
“I’d say she should be set to run a forward race first-up after having been given a solid foundation.”
“She’s capable of building into a nice campaign.”
She is joined in the same race by Resin (Rachel King), who Cummings also rates highly.
“She’s strong like a little colt and she’s going to relish the going,” he said.
Yet another hoping to resume racing at the meeting is the former French runner Cascadian (Glen Boss) in the G3 Southern Cross Stakes.
“He might have finally acclimatised,” Cummings said.
“At his last run, he stepped up to G1 company at the mile and he’s won on soft tracks in France.”
The Stakes team is completed by Destination (Josh Parr) in the Listed Lonhro Plate, a race carried over from last week’s abandoned meeting.
PlayUp is an excellent choice of bookmaker for any serious punter.
One of the keys to its success is that every member has their own account manager and is treated like a VIP.
It offers a wide variety of betting markets and competitive odds on horse racing and greyhound racing, major Australian sports betting including NRL, AFL, cricket and more. It also offers a generous rewards program to it’s members which builds up rewards points for every deposit and every bet they place.
In addition, there are regular weekly promotional offers and featured promotions like Boost Up, Best of the Best Premium, Best Tote or Starting Prices, Lay Of The Day, Protest Payouts.
Join now to enjoy the Play Up betting experience
Play Up's market leading fixed odds can now be enhanced with our Boost Up feature. (Place your bet as normal and when you see the lightning bolt in your Bet Slip, click to watch your odds get Boosted Up even further).
Best of the Best Premium
Now offering best of the best on all main metro venues every Wednesday and Saturday.
PlayUp will pay you the higher of either the best of the 3 Australian TABs, or the bookmakers' top fluctuation on all metro thoroughbred meetings, guaranteeing you the absolute best price on all metro thoroughbred racing across Australia.
Best Tote or Starting Prices
PlayUp offers you the best price of the 3 major TABs, or the official starting price on all Australian thoroughbred meetings, whichever is higher. All day, everyday.
Lay Of The Day
Higher than market odds on a selected runner each week. Available every Friday for Saturday racing.
If your horse is first past the post but is relegated due to a protest, Playup will payout on the both the interim winner and the official winner. Available on Australian Thoroughbreds.
100% Australian owned join now to enjoy the Play Up betting experience.