A week after finishing third behind Champagne Cuddles in the Group II Breeders’ Classic (1200m) at Warwick Farm, Alassio ($11) fought tooth and nail to stave off Godolphin mare Manicure ($4.20 fav) by a head. Finishing a further two lengths back was the David Pfieffer-trained I Am Excited ($6.50).
Bott said the good (4) track proved all the difference for the daughter of Foxwedge, after striking soft (7) conditions last Saturday.
“She didn’t quite handle the going there last week but back on the firm surface she really fought out a strong finish today,” Bott said.
“She was in for the fight, so it was really pleasing to see her win. It was a real test for her, we wanted to see her win before planning the rest of her preparation.
“But she’s shown she’s up to this class now and hopefully we can find a few more races like this throughout the carnival.”
“She was rock hard fit today and I was really proud of how she dug in for me,” Clark said.
“She’s such an honest mare and now has a Group III win next to her name. She’s probably done all she really has to but as long as she stays sound I’m sure there is another nice race in her.”
Alassio was a $50,000 yearling purchase for Blue Sky Bloodstock with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott at the 2017 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale