[News] Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse confident in Alligator Blood’s weight-for-age credentials as owner Allan Endresz launches Living Legends plan for ownership transfer

But their first point of business is to contest a Cranbourne barrier trial on Tuesday, hence a written request for Racing Victoria to judge his Living Legends proposal by Sunday.

Waterhouse, who is yet to win the Cox Plate, was buoyant about Alligator Blood’s chances in the weight-for-age championship if cleared to return to racing.

Who’s to say he won’t be able to run the distance of the Cox Plate? He’s such a talented horse

Gai Waterhouse

“Who’s to say he won’t be able to run the distance of the Cox Plate? He’s such a talented horse,” Waterhouse said.

“There’s so many of them that go to stud so early, both fillies and colts, the public don’t get to see them. You see that with a horse like Stradivarius. How often do you see the second horse clapped like he was after running second in the Goodwood Cup? That never happens. It was only because he was running as an eight-year-old.

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“Alligator Blood has been going super. He’s a much more mature horse and he’s used to our training now. He had a lot to learn and a lot to change, but he’s really matured and he’s a talented horse.”

Waterhouse and Bott will target the first group race of the Sydney season in the Missile Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday where The Everest runner Embracer will have his first start of the campaign.

Embracer was spelled after just one autumn run following a taxing spring in which he was the last horse picked up for The Everest, and was listed as a $7.50 fourth pick with Sportsbet on Friday for the group 2 sprint.

“The owners had a tremendous experience and they were very keen for him to take his place [in The Everest],” Bott said. “He had shown consistent form in the lead-up around some of the right prospects.

“James [Kennedy] was probably in a position needing a horse for a late call-up. It was probably a bit hard because he wasn’t necessarily prepared all the way through with The Everest in mind. The target moved for him and the grand final was a little different.

“But we certainly don’t regret him running. He’s had a good long break, back in good shape and he’s trialled up really well. He’s nice and forward and hopefully he gets a drying track to suit him on the weekend.”

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