Cummings pulls the right rein with Alizee in Apollo


“I pestered [ATC racecourse manager] Nevesh Ramdhani all week. I even rang the jockey who did the race-day gallop this morning, Sam Clipperton, and he gave me a blow by blow.

“She has come back great and we were confident in her. We’re training her to build throughout her preparation.”

Alizee had the benefit of a second in the Expressway Stakes behind Standout under her belt and, with that fitness edge, Bowman was able to have her ready to strike at the top of the straight.

“She is a lot more settled now and she showed that first-up, so I wasn’t afraid to let her be where she was comfortable,” Bowman said.

“She gave me the confidence to ride her where she was happy and, from barrier one, that put her in the gun spot.

“The way the track is, I wasn’t worried about getting out. I knew I’d get room somewhere.”

Loading

It gave Bowman a treble after winning the Light Fingers Stakes on Flit and on Matowi earlier in the day, which was a welcome return to the winning circle.

“I rode without much success over the summer months, so it is nice now the good horses are back they’re starting to run for me,” he said.

Cummings has a plethora of races to choose from with Alizee. He mentioned the Futurity next week at Caulfield, the All-Star Mile, Chipping Norton Stakes and Canterbury Stakes.

Alizee had a short neck to spare from Dreamforce at the post with Happy Clapper ($5.50) another 1¼ lengths back in third.

Nash Rawiller decided to sit Dreamforce off the leader Hush Writer and he felt like the winner when he loomed up in the straight, the way his mount had relaxed without the blinkers.

“You wouldn’t believe a horse could go that good and get beaten,” Rawiller said. “It was a good tussle and, with a run under the belt, she was just too good on the day.”

Dreamforce’s trainer, John Thompson, said he would continue without the blinkers on the seven-year-old as he heads to the Chipping Norton Stakes.

“I think he relaxed without them, and that would help him get a strong mile next time,” Thompson said.

Happy Clapper didn’t get clear until well into the final 200m and found the line hard.

“He is a horse that needs to get out and grind home, and Tommy [Berry] said if he got clear earlier he would have made it interesting,” trainer Pat Webster said.

“He is back and still there.”

Most Viewed in Sport

Loading