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David Vandyke’s Queensland raider Alligator Blood celebrated five wins from as many career starts to remain undefeated in the Group 3 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude ahead of the big one in a fortnight.
The well-bred son of 2012 Caulfield Guineas champion All Too Hard had won his four previous starts at home and franked the northern form in his Melbourne debut in Sunday’s Prelude over 1400m at Caulfield.
It is now onwards and upwards to the $2 million Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 12 as he looks to complete the Prelude – Guineas double for the first time since Helmet (2011).
Alligator Blood was positive out of the gates with Ryan Maloney in the saddle and avoided the trouble at the back of the field when Yourdeel threw jockey Jamie Kah in the early stages of the race.
Camping just off the frontrunner Roccabascerana, Maloney got a lovely ride throughout charging home on the straight to defeat the fast-finishing favourite Dalasan.
Fellow on-speed performer Groundswell for Anthony Freedman finished off the trifecta in third.
“We ended up having a beautiful run in behind the leader,” Maloney said post-race.
“We ended up having a faultless run throughout, camped just off the leader, he had every opportunity to present and he’s done the job.
“He was too good.”
Alligator Blood has subsequently firmed in from $17 to $5.50 in all-in Caulfield Guineas 2019 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au to emulate his sire with a win in the mile classic, and Vandyke is confident his horse will runout a strong 1600m.
“It’s surreal really,” the Sunshine Coast-based horseman said.
“He’s sort of jumped each hurdle we’ve put in front of him. He keeps improving.
“He was against the big boys today and it was just lovely to see him up there, on pace wanting to do it and wow he’s a bloody beauty!
“My word he does [have a genuine chance in the Caulfield Guineas].
“He should get a mile easy and we’re all very excited.”
As for the beaten favourite Dalasan, trainer Leon MacDonald was far from discouraged with the horse’s efforts.
“I thought his run was very good, he got back a little bit further than he should of,” he said.
“He hit the line very strongly, so hopefully it’s onwards and upwards in two weeks.
“I think the horse still ran well.”
Previously undefeated this campaign, the last start Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) winner from Morphettville also looks like he will handle the step-up in distance for the Group 1.
Dalakhani colt Dalasan raced midfield in the Prelude before flashing home late for second and remains top of the Caulfield Guineas markets at $4.20.
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2019 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Prelude Results & Finishing Order
|1||5||ALLIGATOR BLOOD||David Vandyke||Ryan Maloney||–||6||55kg||$6|
|2||3||DALASAN||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Raquel Clark||0.75L||4||57kg||$2.30F|
|3||17e||GROUNDSWELL||Anthony Freedman||James McDonald||0.85L||5||55kg||$18|
|4||8||ROCCABASCERANA||David Jolly||Ms Linda Meech||1.15L||3||55kg||$20|
|5||4||SUPER SETH||Anthony Freedman||Mark Zahra||6.15L||14||57kg||$14|
|6||10||HILO||James Cummings||Damian Lane||6.25L||11||55kg||$17|
|7||16||DEFIANT DANCER||Phillip Stokes||John Allen||8.5L||12||55kg||$21|
|8||6||VINCO||Tony & Calvin McEvoy||Luke Currie||9.25L||2||55kg||$201|
|9||12||EXPRESS PASS||Nick Ryan||Ben Melham||10L||15||55kg||$15|
|10||7||CREATOR||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||10.1L||10||55kg||$41|
|11||13||EXETER||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||10.2L||1||55kg||$51|
|12||2||STRASBOURG||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||11.2L||8||57kg||$12|
|13||11||PEIDRA||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||12.7L||9||55kg||$101|
|14||14||SHOTMAKER||Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)||Brett Prebble||12.8L||7||55kg||$26|
|LR||1||YOURDEEL (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Jamie Kah||–||13||58kg||$31|
|–||18e||LORD MARKEL (NZ)||Wendy Kelly||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||9||THE HOLY ONE (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Damien Oliver||–||0||–||–|
|–||15||BARCALI||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||–||–||0||–||–|
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