Vandyke: ‘Question Marks’ on Alligator Blood in Golden Eagle

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Wed 28th October 2020

Trainer David Vandyke has admitted there are a few question marks surrounding his star galloper Alligator Blood heading into Saturday’s $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill.

Speaking to RSN, Vandyke said that he was happy with the horse, but that there were a number of factors that the Australian Guineas winner would have to overcome

“I’m pleased with him. All the signs are good,” he said.

“If you dissect the Hayes and Guineas form, it hasn’t stood up,” he said.

“The rivals are a bit different now – horses like Flit and Funstar – and I’m not sure there’s any indication Alligator Blood has gone to a different level. If anything, he’s probably plateaued.

“The track was reportedly soft when he won the CS Hayes Stakes but they ran pretty quick time. I’m really not sure how he will handle the conditions on Saturday and there’s also the barrier to contend with.”

“You’d have to say there are a couple of question marks but he’s as good as I can get him.”

Alligator Blood is currently a $7 chance in the Golden Eagle.

1Alligator Blood (15)J: Ryan Maloney 57.5kg T: David Vandyke$7.00$2.50
2Brandenburg (14)J: Regan Bayliss 57.5kg T: J G Sargent$31.00$7.50
3Superstorm (19)J: Joshua Parr 57.5kg T: G & A Williams$16.00$4.80
4Dawn Passage (16)J: Tim Clark 57.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$21.00$6.00
5Riodini (7)J: Brenton Avdulla 57.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$16.00$4.80
6Windstorm (8)J: Glyn Schofield 57.5kg T: G & A Williams$21.00$6.00
7Reloaded (11)J: Robbie Dolan 57.5kg T: C J Waller$67.00$17.00
8Just Thinkin’ (21)J: Ms Kathy O’hara 57.5kg T: G Waterhouse & A Bott$67.00$17.00
9Bottega (4)J: James Innes Jnr 57.5kg T: G Ryan & S Alexiou$19.00$5.50
10Criaderas (10)J: Keagan Latham 57.5kg T: James Cummings$17.00$5.00
11Flit (17)J: Ms Rachel King 55.5kg T: James Cummings$15.00$4.50
12Funstar (22)J: Tommy Berry 55.5kg T: C J Waller$4.80$1.95
13Colette (6)J: Koby Jennings 55.5kg T: James Cummings$7.00$2.50
14Subpoenaed (2)J: Jay Ford 55.5kg T: C J Waller$26.00$7.00
15Emeralds (18)J: Jason Collett 55.5kg T: J G Sargent$31.00$7.50
16Sierra Sue (1)J: Nash Rawiller 55.5kg T: T Busuttin & N Young$11.00$3.50
17All Saints’ Eve (3)J: Sam Clipperton 55.5kg T: J A O’shea$34.00$8.00
18Icebath (5)J: Tom Sherry 55.5kg T: Brad Widdup$26.00$7.00
19Stockman (9)J: Unknown 57.5kg T: Joseph Pride$126.00$31.00
20Enchanted Heart (13)J: Unknown 55.5kg T: K A Lees$201.00$34.00
21Fender (12)J: Unknown 57.5kg T: B F Cavanough$151.00$31.00
22Air To Air (20)J: Unknown 55.5kg T: J C Coyle$201.00$34.00


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