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Gai sights Cox Plate with Alligator

Gai sights Cox Plate with Alligator

Popular and talented galloper Alligator Blood is likely to again spend his spring in Melbourne and be set for another tilt at the Cox Plate according to his co-trainer Gai Waterhouse.

“The Cox Plate, that’s his race. He likes the track, he races well in Melbourne, he’s a proven 2000-metre horse and he ran well in it last year on a Heavy track,” said Waterhouse, who trains in partnership with Adrian Bott.

“He’s a multiple Group 1 winner and that’s the race for him to show his champion qualities in.”

Waterhouse said Alligator Blood is the punters’ horse who was always underestimated by the market.

“I will have a talk to Gerry (Harvey), but why wouldn’t he be set for the Cox Plate? It’s an ideal race for him to be aimed at.”

 

 

Waterhouse said the stable will look at new Sydney-based race the King Charles Stakes, but it made sense to her to prioritise the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

“The new Sydney race is an option but his form in Melbourne last spring was great and we’re tempted to follow the same path and have another crack at the Cox Plate and that also worked for us last year as he won the Champions Mile at his next start, so we’d look at doing the same again,” she said.

Last spring, Alligator Blood campaigned solely in Melbourne, where he won two G1s, the Underwood Stakes and the Champions Stakes. He also finished second in the Makybe Diva Stakes and fifth on unsuitable wet tracks in the Caulfield Stakes and the Cox Plate.

Bott said Alligator Blood is in work in Sydney and will have a trial at the end of the month.

Earlier this year, Alligator Blood won the Futurity Stakes first-up, then he finished fourth in the All-Star Mile before he failed on a Heavy track in the Doncaster Mile.

Alligator Blood is at $21 with Sportsbet to win the Cox Plate.

Waterhouse said imported mare Alcohol Free, who was sold for $10 million last year, is back in work and had benefited from a spell.

“She’s had something she’s never had before and her development is unbelievable. She’s a different horse,” Waterhouse said.

Alcohol Free made her debut for the Waterhouse and Bott team when she flopped on a Heavy track in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Waterhouse said they hope to gain a slot in The Everest but have lots of options with her.