Alizee announces herself as one of Australia’s best in Randwick return

Champion filly scores brilliantly in Christmas Classic for sire Sepoy

Having already proved herself the best her sire Sepoy has produced, Alizee served notice that she is on the way to becoming one of Australia’s finest with a brilliant return to racing in the Listed Christmas Classic at Randwick on Saturday, 29 December.

Alizee was a dual G1 winner as a three-year-old, only to encounter a setback that which ruled her out of last spring and today was having her first start back.

And she produced a comeback performance that suggested she is better than ever.

“She’s a weight-for-age horse through-and-through and now that she’s fit we can plot a course with her,” said trainer James Cummings.

Cummings is looking at the G2 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill on 2 February as the next step in a campaign that could lead to the $5m All Star Mile at Flemington in March.

Alizee is a member of a family that is becoming one of the more elite in Australia, her dam Essaouira (Exceed And Excel) having produced five winners from her only five to race, including the G1 winner and Darley stallion Astern and the highly promising two-year-old Tassort (Brazen Beau), a winner in Sydney at his only start.

Jockey Hugh Bowman allowed Alizee to settle among the last few and improved his position from the 500m.

Entering the straight it was clear Alizee had her rivals covered and she duly came away for an untroubled two-length victory.

Sepoy, who has had 11 Stakes winners in four countries, stood his most recent stud season at Northwood Park in Victoria.