There would be few more likeable mares in training, than Alizee who took her Group 1 tally to three in Saturday’s $500,000 Yulong Futurity Stakes over 1400 metres at Caulfield.
Godolphin’s hulking daughter of the Victorian-based Sepoy did not have many favours in the run before defeating a star-studded field. Caught wide the trip under Hugh Bowman, Alizee had to dig deep to stave off a courageous Malaguerra (Magnus) by a half-length with the winner’s stablemate Hartnell (GB) (Authorized) another half-length away third.
Making it three from three this campaign, trainer James Cummings was thrilled with his tough and talented four-year-old mare.
“She’s a beauty and she’s just in ripping form. That’s four wins straight for her, and she’s a deserving weight-for-age Group One winner.”
“They don’t hand them out and that’s probably the toughest I’ve seen a horse of mine win a Group One in such fashion. She can absorb the pressure, and she’s just a brute of a mare,” Cummings said. “When ridden for a turn of foot she can be even better, but that’s a wonderful quality in a horse to be so versatile, and still fend off quality weight-for-age Group One horses.”
Alizee advances her record to eight wins from 17 starts with earnings of $1,900,200 and is now the deserved favourite for the $5 million All-Star Mile over 1600 metres at Flemington on March 16.
The daughter of Sepoy is a half-sister to the Group 1 ATC Golden Rose Stakes hero and young Darley stallion Astern (Medaglia D’Oro) and the stakes-placed Mogador (Lonhro) as well as to one of this season’s most exciting two-year-old’s, Tassort (Brazen Beau).
By the speed influence Rory’s Jester, Alizes is a daughter of the Group 1 Galaxy Stakes heroine La Baraka (Euclase) herself out of the 5-time Group 1 winner Triscay.
Essaouira has a yearling filly and a colt foal by Medaglia d”Oro (USA) and was one of 114 mares to visit Sepoy last year at his first season in Victoria.