GODOLPHIN AUSTRALIA’S head trainer James Cummings praised thrice Group One winner Alizee for the brave effort that saw her finish a credible third in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. Drawn wide and relegated to third from the tail for most of the 7f trip, the 5yo Sepoy mare threw down her challenge in the final furlong and a half as she sprinted past a field of rivals but could only manage third under Damien Oliver. At the wire, Alizee was a short head behind second placed So Si Bon, who was beaten by three-quarters of a length by winner Scales Of Justice. Right behind Alizee in fourth, half a length behind, was stablemate Hartnell, who had Craig Williams in the saddle.
Alizee had won the Group 2 Missile Stakes over 6f at Rosehill by a head on her previous run three weeks prior when beating Invincible Gem in second with Le Romain a good four lengths back in third in that race. And trainer Cummings could not have been more proud of his charge after her exceptional display at Caulfield. “She didn’t get any help drawing wide and having to go right to the back,” he said. “It was a very good effort to finish as close as she did, less than a length behind a very good horse.” Alizee’s rider Oliver added: “I wanted to go a bit earlier but the horses in front of me weren’t taking me anywhere. It was a very good run to get as close as she did.” For his next run, Hartnell tackled the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington where he placed fourth behind Gatting.
In Group Two action, Bivouac signalled his intent to go for the Group 1 Golden Rose on 28 September by turning up a two length winner in the 6f Run to the Rose at Rosehill. The 3yo Exceed And Excel colt raced comfortably under Josh Parr, with the jockey sounding him out with a furlong and a half left to run. Bivouac responded keenly with a turn of foot that allowed him to race away to a two length lead from Yes Yes Yes with Exceedance back in third by a head. In his two previous months, both within the previous month, Bivouac won the Group 3 Vain Stakes at Caulfield by a massive four and a quarter lengths and then finished second behind Exceedance in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill. His trainer, Cummings said: “He’s a very smart young horse who we can proceed with to the 1400m of the Golden Rose with some confidence.”
At Moonee Valley, Best Of Days claimed a third place for Cummings when bidding for the Group 2 Feehan Stakes under Williams. Drawn wide in the mile event, the former Group One winner appeared to show improvement since his seventh place finish in the Winx Stakes at Randwick two weeks prior. In the Feehan, Best Of Days was a nose behind second placed Mahamedeis, who was two and a half lengths in arrears to winner Homesman. Avilius, fourth in the Winx Stakes, returned a runner-up in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick after losing by three and a quarter lengths to Samadoubt. Girl Tuesday was third, a short head behind. On the Winx Stakes undercard, 3yo Medaglia D’Oro filly Flit placed second behind Libertini by two and a quarter lengths in the Group 2 Darley Silver Shadow Stakes.
Let It Pour was a nose back in third. In Group Three action, ridden by Rachel King, Deprive managed to edge Trope by a nose in the Show County Quality over 6f at Randwick, where Bon Amis was a further short head behind in third. Elsewhere, 3yo Snitzel filly Exhilarates won the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes at Moonee Valley as a follow up to her victory in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield.