Memsie Stakes run could decide Alizee's spring path

Memsie Stakes favourite Alizee could leapfrog stablemate Osborne Bulls into The Everest with a win on Saturday.
Alizee will run as favourite in this weekend's Memsie Stakes
Godolphin head trainer James Cummings believes Alizee could take Osborne Bulls spot in this year's Everest if she runs up to expectations in Saturday's Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

Alizee will run as favourite in Melbourne's first Group One race of the new season and Cummings believes she could snatch Osborne Bulls spot if the mare justifies favouritism.

"The interesting thing about this weekend is that it is somewhat a fork in the road for her," Cummings said in his weekly report on his feature-race runners.

"An excellent opportunity to demonstrate where she sits in the pecking order for Godolphin's Everest selection. The pressure will be on her again this Saturday but we're confident she'll run well."

Cummings said Alizee has been working well at the Godolphin base following a gutsy win in the Group Two Missle Stakes on August 10.

"The mare has been ranging up beautifully in her trackwork," he said. 

"She has been sharp following her tough first-up victory in the Missile Stakes and this target race now looks a beautiful option for her.

"She does look a bit mean and burly with further improvement to come as we get deeper into the carnival. We are still expecting her to be able to produce a big effort second-up at seven furlongs."

Alizee joins stablemate Hartnell in Saturday's feature at Caulfield.

Cummings believes Hartnell is in great shape heading towards the $1 million Memsie Stakes.

"The horse is moving beautifully in his gallops and felt great on the course proper at Caulfield on Tuesday morning," the trainer said.

"He just seems to be going as good as any of the veteran weight-for-age horses around at the moment and at least amongst those older horses he can be formidably competitive this weekend."

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