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Alligator Overcomes 3YO Guineas Hurdles
Queensland’s pin-up 3YO Alligator Blood (All Too Hard-Lake Superior, by Encosta de Lago) overcame a series of pre-race distractions and potential setbacks to dominate Saturday’s $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) with a scintilating performance to defeat Eleven Eleven (Fastnet Rock) and last year’s 2YO Classic heroine Exhilarates (Snitzel). According to magicmillions.com.au, the race was pushed back by stewards after the truck carrying the son of All Too Hard was held up due to a major accident on the freeway between trainer David Vandyke’s Sunshine Coast stables and the Gold Coast. The race was further delayed at the start due to a late scratching. Alligator Blood settled in the first half of the field and loomed ominously at the top of the straight before exploding away in the straight. Purchased by the Ezybonds No 1 Syndicate for $55,000 out of the Baramul Stud draft at the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Alligator Blood, by Vinery’s Champion 3YO All Too Hard, has now won eight of his nine career starts and netted more than $2.1 million. The lion’s share of the $250,000 Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus, which was offered on the Guineas for the first time in 2020, was collected by connections of Dubious, who finished tenth.