Waterhouse & Bott to Train Alligator Blood

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Wed 25th November 2020

After a public split between connections of Alligator Blood and previous trainer David Vandyke earlier in the week, it has been announced that Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott will train the star galloper moving forward.

Waterhouse was excited about securing a horse of such high caliber, excited to train the reigning Queensland Horse Of The Year, when speaking to racing.com.

“We’re thrilled. We’re thrilled to be training for the owners. We’re thrilled to have that quality of horse,” Waterhouse told racing.com on Wednesday morning.

“He’s such an exciting horse, such a beautiful horse and we’re hoping that we can even improve on what the previous trainer (David Vandyke) has done.”

Alligator Blood is set for some time in the paddock, as he requires surgery on a condition called ‘Kissing Spine’, with an estimated four-to-six month recovery.

“I don’t think it will be an issue at this stage,” Waterhouse said of the injury.

“We can work around it; I’ve had years of experience doing things like that.

“It probably gives him time to mature even further.”

From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.