Expressway Stakes Tips – Alizee to star in autumn opener
- Alizee's first-up run full of merit in quick time with big weight.
- Strips fitter with another impressive trial under her belt.
- Trapeze Artist and Le Romain will need to be on their toes to hold her out.
While Saturday’s Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) is technically a level below elite, the race always attracts genuine Group 1 horses and 2019 is no different.
Of the small field of six, Hartnell (4), Trapeze Artist (3), Le Romain (3) and Alizee (2) have 12 Group 1 wins between them while Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket (1200m) winner Lanciato and multiple Group 2 and 3 winner Dothraki make up the remainder of the field.
Hartnell has never been tested over the sharp 1200m trip but does have a good fresh record over 1400m – he’s likely to need the run.
Lanciato generally needs the first-up run but has a great record of three wins from four second-up attempts – wait until next time for him.
Trapeze Artist and Le Romain are proven fresh performers and certainly have the class to be considered.
But Alizee looks to have come back in sensational order and she can go to a new level this campaign.
The daughter of Street Cry resumed this campaign in the Christmas Classic (1200m) at Randwick where she carried 60.5kg and defeated Husson Eagle and Fell Swoop in the slick time of 1:08.77.
Husson Eagle disappointed in the Magic Millions Cup last start but had finished 3rd to subsequent Australia Stakes winner Whispering Brook before he bumped into Alizee.
Fell Swoop was 2nd in the Australia Stakes so the form stacks up well – and they did beat a handy field with the likes of Land Of Plenty, Redkirk Warrior, Fifty Stars and Brave Smash among the line-up.
Alizee was quite underdone for her first-up assignment and has since trialled sensationally over 900m at Rosehill where I thought she outperformed Winx in that heat.
Obviously, she was more forward than Winx with the benefit of a trial and a 1200m race, but her second trial effort was first class.
Blake Shinn goes aboard from barrier 2, and since returning from injury, Shinn is fit, focused and extremely hungry for winners.
He’ll get the last crack at them, and the mare has such a powerful turn of foot, she can mow them down with 2kg less.