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Blood faces late vet check

Blood faces late vet check

Racing Victoria vets will reinspect Cox Plate contender Alligator Blood after he was showing signs of lameness on Thursday morning.

Stewards confirmed the horse was lame in the near fore when inspected and would be looked at again on Friday afternoon.

Trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott told stewards that the horse had not shown any signs of lameness, had not been treated for it and has missed no work.


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Alligator Blood didn’t appear at The Valley for Breakfast With The Best on Tuesday morning with Waterhouse-Bott opting to work him on the Flemington course proper instead.

Danny O’Brien’s Young Werther was to be inspected on Thursday afternoon, while Chris Waller-trained El Bodegon will be inspected on Friday morning.

If he takes his place in the race, Alligator Blood will jump from barrier 12, the widest barrier, in the $5m feature.

But connections don’t have to look too far to find solace.

Alligator Blood stormed home to win this year’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm after jumping from barrier 17 in an 18-horse field, and part-owner Jeff Simpson says there’s no reason the horse can’t produce a similar feat.

“It is what it is, you can’t do anything about it,” Simpson said on Tuesday.

“We drew wide in the Stradbroke, it is what it is, that’s the way it went. It’s up to Tim (Clark) to work out what he’s going to do, and Adrian (Bott), they’ll work it out together.

“There was always a chance we were going to draw wide, so they’ll be working on something, so that’s ok.”

G.M.Waterhouse AO
Prize Money
Last 5
5 – 8T.ClarkCAUL8 OCT 20222000mCAULFIELD STKS59kg2.2L$7
1 – 6T.ClarkSANH25 SEP 20221800mUNDERWOOD59kg0.8L$8
2 – 8T.ClarkFLEM10 SEP 20221600mMAKYBE DIVA59kg0.1L$5
7 – 14D.OliverCAUL27 AUG 20221400mMEMSIE59kg4.9L$5
1 – 18T.ClarkE FM11 JUN 20221400mSTRADBROKE55kg1L$11

The Cox Plate has been a goal for the six-year-old for several months and connections admit it is a ‘pinch yourself’ moment having finally arrived at their grand final.

“To get a horse like him into the Cox Plate, it’s everyone’s dream to have a Cox Plate runner when you’re buying horses, so we’re very happy to be here,” Simpson said.

“He’ll do his best this horse, he always does his best.”

The Valley
22 Oct 2022
Good 4RailΒ True Entire Circuit