Cummings eyes double with Alizee

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Cummings said he only had to look back to last year’s Thousand Guineas to know the double could be completed.

“Global Glamour backed up a week after winning the Flight Stakes so it was nothing for her to back up and do it. Most years there’s been a ten day gap but we’ve had two weeks up our sleeves,” Cummings said.

Cummings said Alizee was so tough he could train her to start in The Oaks.

“She looked to have pulled up better from the Flight Stakes than she did when she won the Tea Roses Stakes.

Glyn Schofield wins the Flight Stakes on Alizee. Picture: Getty Images

Glyn Schofield wins the Flight Stakes on Alizee. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“She’s deep into her preparation but that doesn’t bother me too much. She has enough condition on her to allow her to hold her form from her last start which was a fabulous effort. Everything I’ve asked of her, she has done.”

Cummings watched Alizee gallop at Caulfield on Tuesday and said she handled the track with aplomb.

“I couldn’t be much happier with the way she handled Caulfield this morning. Her work was perfect,” he said.

“She got around the track without any trouble and the change of scenery will keep her stimulated.”

Cummings said Alizee was taking on class Melbourne fillies Booker and Shoals on their home patch, which wouldn’t be easy.

Alizee drew barrier 2 and will be ridden by Glyn Schofield. She is a $2.15 chance in the eight-horse field.

Cummings said Alizee settles back and would be suited by the small field.

James Cummings is bullish about his Guineas and Thousand Guineas runners. Picture: AAP

James Cummings is bullish about his Guineas and Thousand Guineas runners. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Cummings also believes $5.50 chance Kementari, who drew barrier 10, is set to run a big race in the Caulfield Guineas.

“I loved his Guineas trial in the Prelude when he warmed to the task late in the race. I thought it was a beautiful trial.

“Since then he’s gone ahead and comes to his grand final race in top condition.”

The Godolphin trainer also has Sanctioned in the race who is backing up after finishing fourth in the Spring Championship over 2000m last Saturday at Randwick.

“He got back in a slowly-run race and motored home well from the back of the field which isn’t his pattern so I like him coming back to 1600m here.”

Thousand Guineas (1600m)

Horse (barrier) Jockey Weight
1. SHOALS (4) M Zahra 55.5kg
2. ALIZEE (2) G Schofield 55.5kg
3. BOOKER (8) D Dunn 55.5kg
4. PURE SCOT (3) B Melham 55.5kg
5. ALOISIA (1) L Nolen 55.5kg
6. LEATHER’N’LACE (7) D Lane 55.5kg
7. MINTHA (6) L Currie 55.5kg
8. SHE’S SO HIGH (5) D Oliver 55.5kg
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