I am expecting Alligator Blood to be given the green light to race in the Victorian spring carnivalstarting with next Saturday’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes where Damien Oliver is poised to ride.
The situation isn’t quite resolved but I understand a change of ownership, with colorful owner Allan Endresz potentially selling his share in the Group 1 winner, is likely to pave the way for Alligator Blood to be cleared to resume his racing career.
Remember when I penned a story on August 10 revealing that billionaire businessman, leviathan owner-breeder and Magic Millions supremo Gerry Harvey had emerged as a potential buyer of Alligator Blood?
The story was mocked and pooh-poohed by some sections of the media.
Don’t be surprised if Harvey emerges as the white knight who has purchased a majority share in the headline horse.
Given the Alligator Blood story has had more twists than turns that an Agatha Christie novel, I still wouldn’t necessarily put my house on the two-time winner being allowed to race by Racing Victoria.
But, reading the tea leaves, I am certainly expecting Alligator Blood’s Victorian racing ban to be overturned.
There could be major news on this front as soon as Monday morning.
Gerry Harvey has emerged as a buyer for Stradbroke winner Alligator Blood. Picture: Grant Peters-Trackside Photography
TRAINER STICKS UP FOR ENDRESZ
The Alligator Blood colors were seen at Doomben on Saturday with Billy Healey-trained Allez Zou finishing eighth in the opening race.
Healey, who at one stage trained Alligator Blood, says he has plenty of Endresz-owned horses in his Sunshine Coast stable.
He can’t fathom why they have been barred from racing in Victoria and NSW due to the owner’s status as an undischarged bankrupt.
“I’m sure there are plenty of people who are a lot worse than Allan in the industry, much bigger threats to racing,” Healey said.
“Allan has been racing horses in Victoria in his name for ages, and there had been no issue before.
“It’s all a bit of a head scratcher.
“If anyone is saying he is a bad payer, that’s not true.
“There’s no issues there.
“You can’t tell me the big trainers who train for him down south would continue to train for him if he wasn’t paying his bills.”
JOCKEY’S COURT DRAMA
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission will pore over the details of a court case involving former star riding apprentice Justin Huxtable.
Huxtable will be sentenced in Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 22.
The jockey last rode on August 13 in Toowoomba.
EDMONDS ‘FORTUNES TURNING
The wheel appears to be turning for the Toby and Trent Edmonds stable.
After winning the Group 2 Missile Stakes in Sydney recently with $ 71 pop Hard Empire, Trent Edmonds tweeted: “We haven’t forgotten how to train… just had a rough trot… that felt gooooood !!
The stable had one runner at Doomben on Saturday and left with a perfect record after impressive three-year-old Cool ‘N’ Ready got the money.
While Cool ‘N’ Ready ($ 5.50) made it a hat-trick of wins, punters were left lamenting the performance of warm favorite Hang Five ($ 1.90) who never looked like winning and finished out of the placings.
Jockey Ben Thompson offered no excuses and described the performance of Hang Five as “very plain.”