COACH Sterling Alexiou was a little confused at first after Liz’s second run at Rosehill three weeks ago, but soon realized he had judged him too harshly when he finished fifth behind Titanium Power.
“He was a little under-finished before the last race. We probably expected more that day, but he performed well,” Alexiou said.
“I think he’s at his peak right now and was made to order last week before they were recalled at Rosehill.”
Liz will take part in the third race at Randwick on Saturday and is now fully prepared for the 1400m test and will have to be on the test track.
His rating is $5.50 short of the $3.40 favorite And We Danced, and he jumps the seventh hurdle with Rhys Jones on board.
“He’s got good gate speed, he’s in a good position and he handles wet pistes,” said Alexiou.
“This time he had two runs and now he can’t do anything but run well.”
Stablemate Cotton Fingers is unlikely to start in the same race despite winning first place at Canterbury.
The stable is worried that he might dull him before the end of his training if he runs twice early on the swamp trails.
“There is a good chance he will run next Wednesday at Canterbury or next Saturday at Rosehill,” Alexiou said.
The conscript could be the stable’s main hope of winning the sixth 1100m race if he gets lucky sooner after being forced back first in Randwick two weeks ago.
Tim Clark will ride him again and should push forward if his horse gets a clean run.
“He likes to be wet and I thought he was amazing the other day when he started to clumsily come out of the gate,” Alexiou said.
“He ran some very good stretches on his way home and hopefully he can go through the cart at speed and run a good race.
“If the first half of the race goes well for him, I think this is our best chance.”
Ruby Kisses is up for $23 in ninth place, and Alexiou thinks that’s the right price given where she’s at in preparation.
“She wrote well and is back and doing well, but on Saturday she is first and I will be worried about horses racing this weekend,” he said.
“She handles wet trails, but I don’t know if you’ll be waiting to find the first horses on Saturday, but she’s always hopeful.”
Originally published as Alexiou says it’s worth forgiving Lisa for the last starting effort