Alizee is on track for a return in the Missile Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on August 10. Picture: Getty Images
Alizee is on track for a return in the Missile Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on August 10. Picture: Getty Images

Alizee ready to launch Everest bid in Missile

ALIZEE remains in The Everest mix after another dynamic barrier trial effort while Happy Clapper showed he will again be a spring carnival contender at the Randwick barrier trials on Tuesday.

Godolphin's brilliant mare Alizee could not have been more impressive winning the opening heat over 900m by 1¼ lengths from Con Te Partiro and Mizzy. Jockey Hugh Bowman didn't put Alizee under any real pressure in the trial.

Trainer James Cummings confirmed the mare will resume racing in the Group 2 $200,000 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on August 10.

 

"She trialled beautifully,'' Cummings said. "Hugh and I are very happy with her going into the Missile. If she comes through this trial the way I expect her to then she will be ready to go.''

Cummings hasn't committed to a race program for Alizee after the Missile Stakes, although the mare is among the contenders for the Godolphin slot into the $14 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on October 19.

"The Everest is relevant with Alizee,'' Cummings said. "We are reserving the opportunity to make that decision later.''

Cummings also baulked at committing Alizee to the Group 1 $500,000 Winx Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on August 24.

"We haven't got that far ahead yet,'' he said. "Let's go through the Missile Stakes first.''

If Alizee doesn't go to the Winx Stakes it solves a problem for Bowman as he also has the offer to ride Happer Clapper in that race.

Happy Clapper, with Bowman aboard, settled out the back in his 900m trial before moving through into eighth position, 4½ lengths behind Dawn Passage.

Trainer Pat Webster admitted he was surprised how well Happy Clapper went in the trial hitout.

"I thought his trial was fantastic,'' Webster said. "He wanted to be there, he was finishing well through the middle and Hughie had trouble pulling him up he was that strong.

"The plan is to trial him again on August 12 and then go to the Winx Stakes. I won't run him in the Chelmsford Stakes two weeks after that, I'll trial him instead and go second-up into the George Main Stakes.

"The horse is in a really good place at the present time. The early signs are very encouraging.''

# Japanese super horse Deep Impact, one of the greatest thoroughbreds of the 21st century, has died after suffering a cervical fracture.

Deep Impact was a phenomenon both on and off the racetrack. He won 12 of his 14 races, seven at Group 1 level including Japan's three-year-old triple crown in 2005 and the Japan Cup the following year.

At stud, Deep Impact was Japan's most dominant stallion and was the world's most expensive advertised sire this year standing at a fee of nearly $A500,000.

Deep Impact is represented at Warwick Farm on Wednesday with first starter Miyake, raced by John Messara's Arrowfield Stud.

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