David Vandyke says he takes away some amazing memories from the ride he has enjoyed with Alligator Blood, with confirmation on Sunday the horse will head to a different stable for his next preparation.
Outspoken owner Allan Endresz announced the split on Sunday, confirming Alligator Blood and other horses raced by the Ezybonds syndicate would exit Vandyke’s stable.
Endresz stated in a tweet that Vandyke had “abandoned” Alligator Blood after an earlier report in Nine Media where he said Vandyke had told him he no longer wanted to train for him.
When asked about the split, all Vandyke would say is they are “going their different directions now” and that it had been an “honour” to train a horse with his ability.
“They have been good owners, they love their horses and we have had some amazing times together,” Vandyke said. “We are going our different directions now and we take good memories with us.
“When I first sat down with Allan, I never dreamt we would have the experiences we’ve had, so I’m very thankful to them for giving me the honour of training such a great horse.”
Allan Endresz (centre) with fellow owners Robyn and Jeff Simpson after winning the Magic Millions Guineas, only for Alligator Blood to later be disqualified.Source:News Corp Australia
Alligator Blood was named Queensland’s Horse of the Year in 2020 after a three-year-old season which was highlighted by his win in the Group 1 Australian Guineas under Ryan Maloney.
He also won a string of other feature races during the season, but the lowlight was losing the Magic Millions Guineas after a positive swab.
That sparked threats from Endresz to take legal action against Racing Queensland and the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission for disqualifying his horse.
Ryan Maloney partners Alligator Blood to victory in the Group 1 Australian Guineas.Source:Getty Images
He later spoke about having a security detail for Alligator Blood during his Golden Eagle campaign.
Alligator Blood failed to reach the same heights in three spring runs and earlier this month he was diagnosed with ‘kissing spine’, meaning he requires surgery on his back and most likely four months on the sidelines.
It is likely Alligator Blood will now go to a stable in either Sydney or Melbourne.
Other Ezybonds horses will also be with new trainers, including impressive debut winner Wolf Moon, who is only a few weeks away from trialling again.
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Originally published asBlood loss: Trainer reveals split with Alligator camp
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