Blake Shinn is upbeat as he prepares to ride the multiple Group 1 winner Alligator Blood (All Too Hard) for the first time in a race in Saturday’s Futurity Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Sandown. Shinn had his first sit on the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained six-year old in an 800-metre Flemington jump-out two Fridays ago when he held out Elliptical (Dundeel), whom Shinn rode to win Saturday’s CS Hayes Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Flemington.
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“I trialled him at Flemington, which was the first time I got on him, and he beat Elliptical in the trial,” Shinn told RSN927. “I thought Elliptical trialled particularly well, he’s come out and won the other day, and there was improvement from the trial. Alligator Blood is a racehorse and Gai knows how to get the best out of him, so I feel that he’s going to turn up on Saturday and run a tremendous race.
” The Futurity will be Alligator Blood’s first start winning the Champions Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) at Flemington on November 5, when Tim Clark was aboard. Noted on-pacers Gentleman Roy (So You Think) and Tuvalu (Kermadec) are also among the ten Futurity entries, along with established stars including I’m Thunderstruck (Shocking) and Mr Brightside (Bullbars). “It will be interesting with Gentleman Roy and Alligator Blood, and Tuvalu is there in the mix as well, and I suppose it might come down to barriers,” Shinn said.
“But when you’re on one of Gai Waterhouse’s and Adrian Bott’s you know where they’re going to be, so he’ll be up in the firing line and toughing it out right to the end.”