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Alligator Flight Path Revealed After Wednesday
Cult 3YO gelding Alligator Blood (All Too Hard) might well take the autumn road less travelled than that which is expected of him. According to smh.com.au, the David Vandyke-trained sophomore, who dazzled in the $2 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m) is no certainty to run in the All-Star Mile against open even if he gets the public votes required, with a decision likely after the conditioner has a good look at him on Wednesday. Mindful of the myriad opportunities that lie ahead, Vandyke could instead pursue a winter campaign in Queensland where he’ll have home ground advantage, and then look at tackling October’s $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) in Sydney against fellow 4YOs. Stating that the long term future of Alligator Blood is his primary consideration – as a gelding he could race for at least another 5 seasons – Vandyke doesn’t want the voting public to assume his charge is a lock for the richest turf mile race in the world: “We are aware that voting has started for the All-Star Mile and it's good to see him getting support, so we want people to know what we are doing and they will on Wednesday, so they don’t waste a vote."