Blinkers For Alligator Blood Return

Alligator Blood sported blinkers in a Doomben trial win on Tuesday morning and will carry the new head gear at his racetrack return in the $200,000 Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on December 4.

“I have worked him in them once or twice at home and I just thought most of this breed wear blinkers or winkers, the All Too Hards,” Sunshine Coast-based trainer Billy Healey said.

“He is a little bit of an older horse and he’s a lot more relaxed than he once might have been when he was a three-year-old.

“He is a pretty cool customer around the joint and has been doing everything pretty easy at home.

“We just thought we’d throw them on and sharpen him up that touch.

“They will definitely be on for the George Moore and whether they stay on for the rest of the prep, we’ll see.

“In a race that’s going to have enormous speed, the George Moore, we probably just needed that extra card up our sleeve when you’re trying to run down horses like Zoustyle.”

Alligator Blood clocked 57.70 seconds for the 1000m, closing strongly under James Orman to pick up Sugar Boom in the quickest time of the morning.

“Really happy, everything seems on target and he pulled up well and seems nice and bright this morning so full steam forward,” Healey said.

“He travelled good, quickened up better and went to the line well.

“He’s going to have a lot of improvement in him, I wouldn’t say he would be tightened right up for Saturday week.

“He’s only had one trial and its quite well noted he’s got a bit of residual there from not long out, but he will definitely improve a lot out of it.

“And come Magic Millions in January, he will be micky mouse.

“The difference this time to last time he was coming from a long time off and he was probably just a little bit fat inside and needed that little bit of conditioning and he got that.”

Alligator Blood finished fourth in his racetrack return back in August and subsequently spent a fortnight in the spelling paddock and three weeks at the beach, with the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) on January 15 his target.

While Healey’s focus remains on training his growing team from the Sunshine Coast, he is also keeping an eye on his former unbeaten galloper Paleontologist in Hong Kong.

A winner of his first two starts in Queensland and now known as Lucky Patch, the son of El Roca has won his past two Hong Kong starts at G2 level for trainer Francis Lui.

“He is going really well over there, which is good to see,” Healey said.

“Bittersweet I guess you could say but I’m proud of him.

“He started his career here and we educated him up here and they’ve done a good job with him in Hong Kong.

“Big credit to Barb Ingham, she picked this horse out at the yearling sales and had a massive amount of confidence in him from absolutely day one.

“She had a big opinion of him and he never let her down, so it’s good to see him doing it on the world stage.”

Lucky Patch is expected to next contest the Hong Kong Sprint.

– racing.com

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