Alligator Blood has returned a positive swab
One of Australia’s highest profile horses Alligator Blood has returned a positive swab from the race which provided his connections with their biggest payday.
The David Vandyke-trained Alligator Blood has shown an irregularity to Altrenogest following his $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 11.
Altrenogest, which is also referred to as Regu-Mate, is a prohibited substance in male horses under the Australian Rules of Racing. The substance is a hormone treatment used to control the cycles of fillies and mares but can be used to calm an unruly colt or stallion.
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) informed Vandyke that the sample had been sent for confirmatory testing at another laboratory.
Racing Queensland stewards delayed the race by 40 minutes to allow Alligator Blood and the Michael Moroney-trained Star Surprise sufficient time to arrive on course and compete.
The race was further delayed when Leviathan burst through the barriers as the field was being loaded, dislodging jockey Tommy Berry in the process.
When the race finally was held, Alligator Blood justified his quote as odds-on favourite and defeated the Greg Hickman-trained Eleven Eleven by two lengths with Godolphin’s Magic Millions Classic winner Exhilarates finishing third at her first attempt over 1400 metres.
Vandyke responded to the news of the irregularity on Wednesday evening.
“I was informed today (Wednesday) that Alligator Blood has returned an irregularity to Altrenogest after his win on 11 January at the Gold Coast,” Vandyke told Racenet.
“There is a B-sample under review. Altrenogest is a drug that has never been used to my knowledge on Alligator Blood or any male horse in our stable.
“It is used in our stable under the brand name Ovumate and is given to some female horses under our care with accurate records kept surrounding administration.
“These records have been given to QRIC. We are in the process of reviewing our security and stable management. There will be no further comment as we await the result of the B-sample.”
It’s not the first time a high-profile male horse has returned an irregularity to Altrenogest.
Trainer Leon Corstens was suspended for six months in February 2010 after Starspangledbanner returned a pre-race positive swab before his first up victory on the opening day of his three-year-old season.
Starspangledbanner was disqualified of his three-year-old handicap win before winning a further four Group 1 races over the next 12 months – Caulfield Guineas, Oakleigh Plate and Golden Jubilee Stakes and July Cup.