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Gerry Harvey purchases a 60 per cent interest in Alligator Blood

Gerry Harvey purchases a 60 per cent interest in Alligator Blood

Alligator Blood could run in Saturday’s G1 $1 million Memsie Stakes at Caulfield after a ban on him racing in Victoria was lifted on Monday.

Racing Victoria stewards confirmed on Monday morning that as part-owner Allan Endresz had officially relinquished his stake and management of the Group 1 winner, he would be allowed to start in Victoria.

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Alligator Blood had initially been banned from racing in NSW with Victorian stewards adopting the ban earlier this month as both jurisdictions found he was not permitted to hold ownership or a lease on a horse because he is an undischarged bankrupt.


Endresz said on Monday in a statement that he had agonized over the decision to let go of the horse to current part-owners and to major owner and breeder Gerry Harvey.

“The Ezybonds (No 1) Syndicate has officially relinquished 100 per cent ownership and management of Alligator Blood (AB) for an undisclosed sum, Endresz said.

“Gerry Harvey has purchased a 60 per cent interest in AB with Robyn and Jeff Simpson retaining the balance of 40 per cent.


“Selling AB was one of the most emotional and toughest decisions I have ever made in a long time.

“In the end, my family and I are extremely grateful and humbled that Gerry Harvey has saved AB’s Australian racing career in the interests of racing.

“As AB’s breeder, Gerry has always had a soft spot for AB and supported Adrian Bott’s comments when he said, “No good having a Ferrari locked up in the garage”.

Racing Victoria made the following statement on Monday:

“Racing Victoria stewards advise that they have today lifted their order prohibiting Allgator Blood from competing in races and official trials in Victoria following a satisfactory transfer of ownership application.

“The stewards have accepted an application to transfer registered ownership of the horse from Ezybonds No. 1, which is managed by the undischarged bankrupt Allan Endresz to the ownership group of Gerry Harvey (manager), Jeff Simpson and Robyn Simpson.

“Mr Harvey has purchased a majority share of the horse which will now compete in his registered colours.

“The stewards note that all other orders pertaining to Victorian-based horses raced by Mr Endresz, Ezybonds No 1, or any other syndicate Mr Endresz is associated with, remain in place.”

It is expected that Alligator Blood will be among the nominations this afternoon for Saturday’s Memsie Stakes.