Another G1 on offer for Hartnell and Alizee in the Memsie Stakes
An old warrior and a mare still on the march give Godolphin enviable prospects in Saturday’s G1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.
For the nine-year-old Hartnell, the race poses issues of distance and class that are recognised by trainer James Cummings, who nevertheless acknowledges that the winner of eight Stakes races is never out of contention.
“He’s got it ahead of him to prove he can produce another solid effort at seven furlongs,” Cummings said.
“But he was placed in the Futurity at this trip second-up in the autumn, although the circumstances were a little different.”
“He’ll be tested by the strength of the Memsie, but I think we saw in his first-up run two weeks ago, he still has the desire and he’s thrived between runs.”
Hartnell finished third in the PB Lawrence Stakes at his first outing this spring and was doing his best work at the finish when a little over a length behind Mystic Journey.
“He was finishing off really strongly and if he can find the outside here he is capable of getting into the picture.”
Alizee comes to the Memsie with Damien Oliver in the saddle for the first time and off a first-up win in the G2 Missile Stakes over 1,200m at Rosehill, where she defeated Invincible Gem who has run well since.
“It was a first-up effort that was first class, she demonstrated a lot of strength to get over the line."
“I feel that she’ll be well-equipped second-up."
“Of all the options available to her, we’ve chosen the Memsie as a beautiful target race.”
Cummings is also looking forward to the partnership with Oliver who he believes will suit Alizee.
“She likes a good pace and a quiet ride and I think Damien will suit her.”
Alizee is on track for a start in Australia’s richest race, the $14m Everest at Randwick on 19 October, and could be switched back to 1,200m for a lead-up in the G2 Premiere Stakes two weeks earlier.
Cummings is also contemplating going straight to The Everest after Saturday.