Covid has Alligator beached at home
ALLIGATOR Blood’s Melbourne spring mission is over after connections decided to stay in Queensland, with Covid-19 restrictions causing havoc to travel plans.
Managing owner Allan Endresz said trainer Billy Healey would instead aim the Group 1 winner at the Listed Weetwood Handicap (1200m) in Toowoomba this month with an eye towards the lucrative summer carnival, culminating in the Gold Coast Magic Millions raceday in January.
While connections remain happy with Alligator Blood’s return to racing last week, running fourth in the Listed Goldmarket while carrying 7kg more than the rest of the field, they are happy to bide their time.
“It (Melbourne) looks too hard, we’ll let it go, we’re not too fussed and we have plenty of time,” Endresz (pictured) said.
“We can have another crack in the autumn if things are better then.
“It is all up in the air with planes and those type of things, there are issues in Sydney and Melbourne.”
After being disqualified from the 2020 $2m Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, Endresz said they would aim for redemption in 2022 in the Magic Millions Cup (1400m).
“At this stage it looks like we will get a trial in and go up to Toowoomba for the Weetwood, then tip him out with an eye towards The Buffering (1350m, Doomben) and Magic Millions,” he said.
“If we could revisit there (Magic Millions) and get his name back on the board, it will be nice.”
Friday’s Goldmarket winner Desert Lord is also set to head to the Weetwood, setting up a rematch.