Start 7 – Eagle Farm 3YO Listed 1200m (Good 4)
The Alligator resumes in the Gold Edition Stakes and begins what will be a 3 start rivalry with the Greg Hickman trained galloper Eleven Eleven by beating that horse 2.3 lengths into second place.
Eleven Eleven comes in to this race with form of 2nd in a maiden at Nowra, 3rd in a maiden on the Kenso, 3 wins in a row at provincial grade meeting at Kembla Grange in a maiden, a class 1, and a BM64, and a third place to Le Palmier in a 3YO race at Doomben.
Le Palmier has most recently been spotted running 11th of 12 behind the average performer Raging Pole in a 3YO race at the Gold Coast, and 3rd last start in a midweek Toowoomba maiden.
Alligator Blood sits 4th and 5th with a tuck off a medium pace, gets a saloon run through on the turn and runs his final 600 on the fast rated track to win in 1.09.39, just 0.63 seconds outside the track record on the new course held by Isaurian, who is good welter class (BM90) class horse, but ain’t no champion.
Epic Girl goes faster in the Class 6 on the last race of the card, running 1.09.33
Start 8 – Eagle Farm Vo Rogue Plate Group 3 1400m (Good 4)
Alligator defeats Profit in this one, with Eleven Eleven 3rd.
At its previous 2 starts Profit had won an 1800m 3YO race in a snail’s crawl beating slugs (the winning time was more than 5 seconds outside the track record; and the 2nd horse was coming off a 3rd in a Gunnedah maiden and a win in a maiden at Grafton), and had run 2nd to stablemate Guntantes in another camels race over a mile at the Farm in which the winner staggered home in an incredibly slow 1.38.32, more than 4 seconds outside the track record.
The ‘champ’ runs the 1400m distance in 1.22.49, a time 1.2 seconds outside the track record help the moderately performed Barry Lockwood gelding Cruze.
Deep Impact wins the Buffering over the same distance later in the day in 1.22.45.
(At its second ever start my wife Maggie’s horse Thunder Mania runs 6th in the Group 3 BJ McLachlan – look out for it in the winter).
Start 9 – Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas 1400m – (Good 3)
The infamous ghost police escort race, the one in which Alligator Blood was for some reason the only Magic Millions entrant running late enough to get caught up in the monster traffic jam on the freeway.
The leaders go like last week’s pay and the Alligator sits just better than midfield behind them. The front-runners collapse in the straight, Maloney pulls out and goes bang, and Al wins by 2 lengths in 1.20.33, a fast time but still 0.65 seconds outside the track record.
There are two things out of the race that are somewhat concerning for those touting Al as a champion. One is the Eleven Eleven is the runner-up again, which raises doubts over the class of the race, and the other is that he only runs his last 600 off the hot pace in 34.96 seconds.
Start 10 – Caulfied CS Hayes Stakes 1400m (Soft 5)
The race that many have been calling the Bonecrusher v Waverley Star match race of the 21st century.
It was a sit sprint affair in which jockey Maloney’s opposition let him get away with leading and running 14.1 seconds for the first 200 metres. You could just about swim faster, and from that point on it was always going to be a race that only the favourites sitting 1-2 could win. The pedestrian early pace allowed Maloney to ramp the Alligator up full bore 600 out from home and run 33.39 for that last split, and even running his heart out in faster 33,27 Catalyst was never really a hope of bridging the gap.
The Alligator ran the 1400m trip in 1.22.61 seconds.
Bonvicini ran a faster time of 1.22.51 over the journey in the three-year-old fillies race on the same card, and the old gay deceiver Galaxy Raider ran an even faster 1.22.37 in the Open Handicap, so you can draw your speed ratings through that.