Brightside and Alligator handed All-Star Mile wildcards
Last year’s All-Star Mile (1600m) winner Mr Brightside (Bullbars) is set to go head-to-head with Alligator Blood (All Too Hard) in the March 16 feature at Caulfield after the pair were both handed wildcards for the race by Racing Victoria yesterday.
Mr Brightside was seen for the first time since finishing second in November’s Champions Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) when he took part in a jump-out at Flemington on Friday and co-trainer Ben Hayes told Racing.com: “He only had a few weeks in the paddock but he really enjoyed his time out and is now looking as good as ever.
We’ll follow the same programme as last autumn and hope for the same result in the All-Star Mile. He’s such a versatile horse, he goes well on any ground and on any racetrack but it obviously gives us extra confidence that he has a very good record at Caulfield.
” Adrian Bott, who trains seven year-old Alligator Blood in partnership with Gai Waterhouse said: “For an older horse, he’s not showing any signs of slowing down and you can see he’s still got that will to win – whether it’s a trial or a race. Now that we have a wildcard we’ll aim him primarily at the All-Star Mile then we might look to step up in trip in the Australian Cup, but at his age we’ll probably take it one run at a time and see how well he pulls up.”