The cream rose to the top at Randwick where the two-time Group 1 winner Alizee returned in a blaze of glory.

A daughter of Darley’s Victorian based stallion, Seypoy, the strapping four-year-old made her first appearance since April in the Listed Christmas Classic and she made light of 60.5kg with a stroll to victory. 

The Godolphin mare suffered a couple of set-backs with her high spring expectations dashed when she was found to have blood in both nostrils after a trackwork gallop. However, Alizee has returned to make a bold statement at Randwick about what the future holds for her. 

“The A plan was to win about four Group 1’s in the spring with her, but that was shot to pieces before she even ran. A long time goes into a performance like that,” trainer James Cummings said. 

“You have to have patience for it all to come together for such a heavy mare like her and to get her here as a happy horse. The guys will be pretty stoked. We can’t get carried away after winning a Christmas Classic, but she did go past them like it was a barrier trial.” 

Alizee showed her class last season winning the Group 1 Flight Stakes and then added the Group 1 Queen of the Turf to her record in the autumn. 

Settling in the last four, Alizee pounced half-way down the straight to waltz clear.  

“That felt as impressive as it looked,” successful rider Hugh Bowman said. “I had to come out a bit earlier, but with the class of this horse she just tacked on to them. I held on to her as long as I could. I let her go through her gears and I expect huge improvement from her.”

Alizee wins at Royal Randwick (sportsnews.com.au)

Alizee is a half-sister to the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes winner and Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes runner-up Darley stallion, Astern (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) through their dam Essaouira (Exceed And Excel). 

All five of Essaouira’s foals to race are winners and also includes Mogador (Lonhro), who was placed up to Group 3 level, as well as to one of this season’s most exciting two-year-olds, the current Golden Slipper favourite Tassort (Brazen Beau) who broke his maiden with a dominant display in the Golden Gist at Rosehill on November 24.

The third dam is the Group 1 Galaxy Handicap winner La Baraka (Euclase) and she is a daughter of the former champion 3-year-old and multiple Group 1 winner Triscay (Marscay). 

Alizee will head to the Expressway Stakes next and then has options to head to Melbourne in the All Star Mile, stay in Sydney or even get to Dubai.

“She is a classy horse and made very capable gallopers look like they were not the real deal, which shows how exciting she is,” Cummings said.

Sepoy has eight lots on offer at Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and four lots on offer at Inglis Premier Yearling Sale

While classy Sepoy three-year-old Native Soldier will head to the Gold Coast in the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas Guineas following a return to form in the Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Boxing Day.

Although there was some concern when he pulled up lame, Weir has since reported that the horse had thrown off his issues and would be right to travel to the Gold Coast with stable mate Yes Yes Yes. 

“He’s good,” Weir said of Native Soldier. “He was a bit scratchy for a bit but he’s back in full work now. There’s nothing wrong with him structurally from a very point of view. He just wrenched the joint a bit.”

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