A great restoration following a gallop at Flemington in preparation for the Australian Guineas is what coach David Vandyke has been searching for from secure star Alligator Blood.
The gallop on Tuesday confirmed Vandyke Alligator Blood had recovered from his preventing win over Catalyst within the C S Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on February 15.
Saturday’s Group One race over 1600m for three-year-olds heralds the return bout of the 2, together with third placegetter Chenier, Soul Patch and Dalasan.
“I am pleased with how he is come by way of the C S Hayes now,” Vandyke stated.
Alligator Blood has been in work since final Could whereas competing in jump-outs, trials or races since July and it has been a juggling act for Vandyke to maintain the gelding at his peak.
Whereas Alligator Blood was jaded after the Flemington race, Vandyke stated he didn’t discover it crucial to maneuver the gelding to assist his restoration.
“We stayed at Flemington to recover from it and he is completely satisfied in his secure there,” Vandyke stated.
“He raced there final time and he is racing there on Saturday, so we did not see the purpose in taking him wherever else.”
Vandyke sees Saturday’s race as a special contest to the C S Hayes Stakes.
He stated maintaining the Alligator Blood’s head in house was important.
“I am pleased with the form he is in,” Vandyke stated.
“A few of these horses he ran in opposition to are headed to the Guineas, they’re on the enhance and working very well.
“Alabama Categorical received a Group One final begin, Catalyst actually put it to us and will probably be laborious to beat and Chenier ran nice off a light-weight profession and there is the Perth horse Superstorm.
“It is an amazing area with out Alligator Blood in it, however with him in it, it’s totally thrilling.”
What Vandyke is now hoping for is an efficient draw for Alligator Blood to expire a powerful 1600m along with his solely defeat in 10 begins coming within the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in October when Tremendous Seth hit the road laborious.
“With the step out to 1600 metres at Flemington I would love him to attract effectively so he can get a cheap run within the center phases,” Vandyke stated.