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 Best of the Autumn 2020 – The CS Hayes Stakes provided us with one of the most impressive duels of the year – Alligator Blood V Catalyst. What a battle! pic.twitter.com/QaRRLZUymN
— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) April 27, 2020
“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.
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