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SEN Saturday Racing Wrap

2 years ago

Star Godolphin mare Alizee blitzed her rivals in Saturday's Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill.

The four-year-old sat last in the small field, before ambling up to the leaders in the straight, then extending away under Blake Shinn to score a spectacular win – her second from two starts this campaign.

"It was just a dream, it was like a track gallop out there," Shinn told Sky Racing.

"She's a little bit dubious on the wet ground, so we tried to hold her together and look after her as best we can.

"She pulled up really well; hopefully it's full steam ahead to a successful autumn.

"She was a little bit above herself in the mounting yard; I think that run might bring her on a little bit."

Trained by James Cummings, Alizee will now head to Melbourne to tackle the G1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 23.

In Melbourne, I Am Invincible filly Loving Gaby rocketed into Blue Diamond contention with a brilliant win on debut in the Group 3 Chairman's Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield.

The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained two-year-old was sent out the $3.50 favourite in the 1000-metre event worth $160,000.

Loving Gaby was slow away under Damian Lane, but the $500,000 Inglis Easter Yearling purchase charged showed a nice turn of foot to score by half a length in 57.69 seconds.

Sportsbet.com.au reacted to Loving Gaby's superb victory, slashing her quote for the Diamond from $12 to $4.50 second favourite.

"She was very impressive," Maher said post-race.

"This horse has got a really bright future, she really put the writing on the wall in the trial the other day.

"She was ultra-impressive and I couldn’t be more excited."

Maher confirmed Loving Gaby will go straight into the G1 Blue Diamond (1200m) at Caulfield on February 23.

Stablemate Bella Rosa stuck on well to finish second, while Godolphin's Lanigera was third.

Later, Bons Away knocked off hot pot Written By to take out the Listed W.J. Adams Stakes (1000m), thanks largely to a top rails-hugging Linda Meech ride, and much to the delight of the gelding's many raucous owners.

"That was very satisfying; it was a slightly frustrating prep last time – he went to every dance and he just got pipped in a couple of them," trainer Maher said.

"He's come back super.

"Linda does a great job for the stable, she's there every Tuesday and whenever we want her.

"It was a great win."

The win handed Maher and Eustace a winning treble.

Bons Away goes to the G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 23.

And the G3 Manfred Stakes (1200m), which was missing Darren Weir-trained pair Ringerdingding and Extra Brut, was claimed by the Cummings-trained Tin Hat, which has now won three in a row.

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