RYAN Maloney learned not to be surprised by Alligator Blood’s raceday deeds from the very first race he rode him in and he’s hoping the trend will continue when the Group 1 winner resumes at Doomben today.
Maloney had his first sit on Alligator Blood in a Sunshine Coast trial in July last year, running second and not giving any hint of what heroics might follow.
Ryan Maloney winning the Australian Guineas on Alligator Blood. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images
“After he trialled last year, I thought he would need the run for sure, but he went to Doomben first up and just bolted in,” Maloney recalled.
He is mindful of that when assessing ‘The Gator’s’ chances today after he was beaten in a trial last month in a performance that had Maloney and trainer David Vandyke a little underwhelmed.
“Heading to Melbourne (in February), his trial before that showed just how on track he was. The trial the other day was a bit upside down,” Maloney said. “In his action it was the best he ever felt, but on that trial, I don’t know what to expect.
“The 1110m is an unknown and he will certainly have his work cut out for him, 61kg with only a couple of others above the limit, but his record speaks for itself.
“We know the quality is there and that takes you a long way. I’m excited to have him back and I just want to get the feel I know he can give me.”
David Vandyke and Ryan Maloney during The All-Star Mile barrier draw. (AAP Image/Vince Caligiuri) NO ARCHIVINGSource:AAP
Maloney is the hottest rider in the country at the moment, striking at 34 per cent to be second to only James McDonald on the national premiership.
“It’s been an amazing start to the season. It’s helped that Dave (Vandyke) is flying and linking up with Tony Gollan has been really beneficial,” he said.
“I couldn’t be happier. I just want to keep the ball rolling while the momentum is going.”
Maloney is keen to turn the tables on Baylee Nothdurft and claim a maiden Brisbane premiership this season. Knowing he is going to be away with Alligator Blood for a month, he’s been keen to put plenty of winners on the board early.
Nothdurft missed the first five weeks of the season himself, but has made a whirlwind return, winning on six of his first seven rides.
Originally published asMaloney’s Gator Caution
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