where the horse is always the hero
Article Item
Posted 2020-11-25 08:01:30  
Gai to Train Alligator Blood

Gai Waterhouse believes the surgery and subsequent recovery time for Alligator Blood will ultimately be of benefit to the reigning Queensland Horse of the Year, who is headed south to join her team at Tulloch Lodge.

It was announced on Sunday via social media that, following a dramatic split between his owners and trainer David Vandyke, the latter had informed majority owner Allan Endresz he no longer wished to train for him.

The flow on from that has proved a boon for the Waterhouse and co-trainer Adrian Bott.

"We're thrilled. We're thrilled to be training for the owners. We're thrilled to have that quality of horse," Waterhouse told on Wednesday morning.

"He's such an exciting horse, such a beautiful horse and we're hoping that we can even improve on what the previous trainer (David Vandyke) has done."

Fittingly, given the platform where fallout between Endresz and Vandyke was played out, Waterhouse announced the stable acquisition also via social media.

"Very grateful to @EndreszAllan and his family for sending us one of the country's best racehorses, ALLIGATOR BLOOD. Looking forward to him joining us at Tulloch Lodge and adding to his impressive CV," Waterhouse tweeted.

Scans on Alligator Blood recently revealed the reigning Australian Guineas winner was suffering from a condition called 'Kissing Spine', which requires surgery and an estimated four-to six-month recovery.

"I don't think it will be an issue at this stage," Waterhouse said.

"We can work around it; I've had years of experience doing things like that.

"It probably gives him time to mature even further."

Alligator Blood has won nine of his 15 starts, none of which came in his most recent preparation where the best result of his three runs was a second in The Silver Eagle at Randwick on October 10.

Email link to a friend | Printable Version
  • Australia
    Displaying 10 ResultsSee All
    melbourne's spring carnival in for massive shake up 2021-04-28

    Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, including the Melbourne Cup, is set for the biggest shake ...

    View | Add Comment
    australian star retired2021-03-18

    Russian Camelot has been seen on the racetrack for the final time after suffering a tear in his near...

    View | Add Comment
    chipping norton to a verry smart one2021-02-27

    Verry Elleegant reminded racegoers why she's considered the best horse in training in Australia when...

    View | Add Comment
    longest priced grade 1 winner ever in oz2021-02-27

    The crowds were back at Flemington on Saturday, but you could have heard a pin drop in the mounting ...

    View | Add Comment
    embryos transfer in mares in spotlight in australia 2021-02-18

    Sean Buckley of Australian-based breeding operation Ultra Thoroughbreds, is under investigation for ...

    View | Add Comment
    mcevoy fined reduced from the r550k for whip rule2020-11-09

    Leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy has successfully had his fine for breaking the whip rule in the Melbour...

    View | Add Comment
    derby winner euthanised after melbourne cup breakdown 2020-11-03

    Melbourne Cup topweight Anthony Van Dyck has sadly been humanely euthanised after breaking down duri...

    View | Add Comment
    magic wand out of cox's plate 2020-10-23

    Leading trainer Aidan O'Brien has withdrawn Magic Wand from the Cox Plate due to lameness in the off...

    View | Add Comment
    de kock to partner with top aussie stable2020-10-15

    Cranbourne-based trainer Robbie Griffiths has entered into a training partnership with Mathew De Koc...

    View | Add Comment
    aus star farnan out with injury2020-10-07

    Farnan's Everest campaign has been thrown into doubt after the Golden Slipper winner did not accept ...

    View | Add Comment