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All-Star Mile favourite Alizee has continued her preparation for the $5 million race with a comfortable gallop between races at Flemington.
Alizee had Hugh Bowman aboard as she galloped solo between the first and second races on Saturday’s Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup program, a week out from the inaugural All-Star Mile at the same track.
Bowman said the multiple Group One-winning mare was just out for a day out but was delighted with the work.
“It was a really nice piece of work,” Bowman said.
“She was a little wound up again when I got on her in the mounting yard but not as much as as she was at Caulfield last start, so I’d like to see a little more improvement in that department next Saturday.
“But once I got on the track and trotted around she did everything I asked her to do and I’m very pleased.
“She feels amazing. She’s got an amazing stride and she’s very clean-winded.
“As fizzy as she is in the prelim, once I get on the track she really relaxes.”
Alizee has won all three of her starts this preparation, including the Group One Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield two weeks ago, and is the $3 favourite for the All-Star Mile ahead of Australian Guineas-winning filly Mystic Journey at $4.
Bowman is booked to ride the James Cummings-trained, Godolphin-owned Alizee in the All-Star Mile.