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Black-Type Beckons Alizee

Thursday, 3rd August 2017

Group-placed Godolphin filly Alizee (Sepoy-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) shed her maiden status with a narrow but decisive first-up win in The Everest Is Coming Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm yesterday. The 3YO, who is a half-sister to Gr1 Golden Rose winner and Darley freshman sire Astern (Medaglia d'Oro), is now likely to be aimed at the Princess Series in Sydney during the spring. "I loved how she produced that performance off just the one trial," Godolphin trainer James Cummings told Sky Racing. "There is clearly improvement in her. I think she is ready to go bang now that she is three." Cummings added: "We have black-type aspirations for her in the spring. The Princess Series could be a nice target for her." The Princess Series comprises the Gr2 Furious Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 2 September, the Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on 16 September, and the Gr1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 30 September. A homebred for Darley, Alizee is by former champion juvenile Sepoy and is the fourth foal to race from the Exceed And Excel mare Essaouira, dam also of Astern and fellow Godolphin galloper and stakes-placed 4YO Mogador (Lonhro). Essaouira, herself, is out of the Gr2 Magic Night Stakes winner Alizes (Rory's Jester) from the brilliant Gr1-winning sprinting mare La Baraka (Euclase), a daughter of champion filly Triscay (Marscay). Triscay won 13 stakes races, five of which were at Gr1 level, including the Australian Oaks and Australian Guineas.

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