Sunshine Coast trainer Billy Healey isn’t concerned about champion jockey Glen Boss’ struggles getting into Victoria, saying he would be happy with any jockey riding his stable star Alligator Blood if they make the trip south.
The Group 1-winner was given a trial at the Gold Coast on Monday morning, leading all the way over 1000m in what was his final hit out before resuming after almost 12 months off the scene in next Friday’s Listed Goldmarket (1200m) at the track.
Healey said he will be going into the race with an open mind, revealing there are other possible options other than Melbourne if things don’t go to plan.
Alligator Blood is back! The gelding took out the first trial at @GCTurfClub this morning, ahead of She Za Boss, Soxagon and Desert Lord. pic.twitter.com/AYcbbaEsQ1
Allotted 61kgs over an unsuitable 1200m trip, Healey wants to see Alligator Blood in the finish before sending him on a plane south for the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).
“I think he needs to run in the top few and not be beaten too far,” he said. “What we all have to remember is last time the horse started first up he carried 61kgs and finished third.
“I would be looking for a similar sort of run and if he did that I would be keen for him to head to Melbourne.
“If he was a bit below par however, there are plenty of options going forward with what we do.
“He is coming off 12 months lay off so we are in no rush, there are races all over the countryside for him so he could have a run or two then go to the paddock and have a longer run into a Magic Millions Cup for $1m.
Alligator Blood will return at the Gold Coast next week after 11 months off the scene. Picture: Sam Ruttyn.Source:News Corp Australia
“It does look like he will head to Melbourne and there is no reason at the moment he won’t but the whole thing is I want to see him get through this first-up run, he has to bounce through it and if he does he will be on a plane down for the Rupert Clarke.”
With Boss now in a race against time to get approval from the Victorian Government to enter a 14-day quarantine, a laid-back Healey said he is not fussed about who rides Alligator Blood.
While Boss is also booked to ride Caulfield and Melbourne Cup favourite Incentivise, Healey said there would be no shortage of options if Alligator Blood performs well next Friday.
“You can take the colours bag and throw it in the Melbourne jockey room and still get someone good enough, I wouldn’t be too worried about that,” he said.
“Sydney and Melbourne have the best riders in the country so I am sure if we are going well enough, people will be ringing us.”
Brisbane jockey James Orman will ride Alligator Blood in the Goldmarket next Friday.
Originally published asHealey’s open mind on Alligator after Boss drama
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