Alligator Blood’s managing owner is organising a “Men In Black” style private security detail to shadow the Group 1 winner’s every move during the Sydney spring, including a motorcade to escort the galloper to the races.
Allan Endresz, who was declared a bankrupt last week for the fourth time in his ongoing multi-million dollar 21-year legal battle with the Commonwealth Government, says he will pull out all stops to ensure Alligator Blood isn’t “got at”.
He claims Alligator Blood was “got at’’ when the horse was stripped of his $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions Guineas win in January because of a prohibited substance irregularity.
Endresz says he is in talks with a private security firm to protect Alligator Blood in a Sydney campaign which will be focused on the $7.5 million Golden Eagle and he is also taking advice about COVID-19 protocol and potential social distancing issues.
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Ryan Maloney and Alligator Blood take out the Australian Guineas at Flemington.Source:AAP
Endresz has given Racenet a sneak peek as to his extraordinary security plans and he says his star horse will have an arrival on track which will resemble that of when US president Donald Trump travels in a high-security motorcade.
Security staff will be booked to keep watch on Alligator Blood at his off-course Sydney stable and Endresz will contact Racing NSW and chief steward Marc Van Gestel about his blueprint for round-the-clock security including on track on raceday.
“I want a presidential, Donald Trump style security environment that says look Alligator Blood has arrived this time — he’s not going to get caught on a highway and have someone get to him,” Endresz told Racenet.
“I have visions of a Men In Black type scenario — the idea is he will have security entourage in terms of arriving at the track, I’m looking at a security motorcade.
“We can’t get any answers from anybody as to what happened (at the Magic Millions) so I am taking no chances this time.
“I’m dead serious.”
EVEREST AT CENTRE OF OWNER’S EXTRAORDINARY LEGAL CLAIM
While Endresz swears the main component of his plan is to protect Alligator Blood, he also admits it there is a marketing element to his plan and that it will only serve to increase the hype around the horse.
Australian Guineas winner Alligator Blood is already one of the most talked about horses in Australia — on and off track — and Endresz says the horse’s grand security arrival at Sydney racetracks will make the David Vandyke-trained gelding a household name.
“The security element will get people up and about when Alligator Blood arrives on course – no-one is doing it with other horses,” he says.
“Some of it may be a bit tongue in cheek — but there has been a lack of security and I will blow all that out of proportion with my security team.
“This will act as serious and genuine security — but the other element is it’s taking the piss in terms of a marketing ploy which will generate enormous interest.
Alligator Blood is one of Australia’s most popular racehorses.Source:AAP
Trainer David Vandyke with his powerhouse galloper.Source:AAP
“We want to showcase the significance of the horse — on racedays we have got to get consent which we will try to work through in terms of on-track security itself because we want (private) security around his stabling.
“We want to make sure he is secure in his stabling, when he comes on course the strapper would also be dressed in black with earphones in.
“I raised this with (Racing Victoria official) Greg Carpenter when we were going to go to the Cox Plate and now I will talk to Racing NSW and flag this with them.”
Vandyke looks over his champion after winning the Australian Guineas in February.Source:AAP
Curiously, Endresz said his security plans will only be deployed in Sydney and not in Brisbane where Alligator Blood is likely to run first-up on September 12.
Asked why he would not do something similar in Brisbane if he was so concerned about security for his horse, Endresz replied: “We have got more control over things in Brisbane – and there will be far more high-profile attention on him when he races in Sydney.”
Although Endresz has now been bankrupted by the Commonwealth for a fourth time, the matter is now on appeal to the High Court where he is confident of overturning the bankruptcy ruling.
He says, in any event, Alligator Blood and all horses in the Ezybonds No 1 Syndicate have been protected by the Ezybonds Pacific LP trust structures for over 13 years.
Van Gestel says there is “nothing in the (racing) rules” to prohibit a bankrupt person owning a racehorse.
BAD BLOOD: OWNER’S LEGAL ACTION NOT A WINNER
Talk of litigation against Racing Queensland and QRIC will do nothing to endear owner Allan Endresz to the general racing public and in fact will probably see a big chunk of people pulling on Alligator Blood’s tail this spring.
Alligator Blood was close to the most popular horse in the country at the start of this year, with his massive vote tally in the All Star Mile underlining that fact.
At long last Queensland had another horse to get behind. A genuine Group 1 galloper who etched his name on one of the country’s most coveted trophies.
But there’s little doubt the mood has changed since then and last week’s claim by Endresz that he is set to launch multimillion-dollar legal actions has further soured what was Australian racing’s fairytale story through January and February.
While trainer David Vandyke accepted the horse’s Magic Millions disqualification and his attached fine on the chin and jockey Ryan Maloney handled the situation in a similar fashion, Endresz has continually spoken out about challenging the rules of racing and taking the matter to the courts.
Alligator Blood. Picture: AAP/Vince CaligiuriSource:AAP
Alligator Blood is not the first horse to lose a rich race on a positive swab and he won’t be the last. It happens.
But dragging the saga on and threatening legal action against bodies that have simply upheld the rules of racing will impress no one.
Vandyke and Maloney have been brilliant in taking Queensland racing fans along for the ride with Alligator Blood and making the horse a public favourite.
But his part-owner is making it very hard to continue that support.
Queensland is assembling a solid team of spring contenders and one of the big hopes for the side, Vanna Girl, steps out at Randwick this Saturday.
Her winter feats were simply outstanding and her work since has done nothing to diminish the confidence Toby and Trent Edmonds have in the mare, ahead of her return in Saturday’s Tramway.
The Eagle Farm meeting ended on a bleak note, with promising gelding The Kingdom euthanised after breaking down in his off foreleg in the final event.
The Les Kelly trained five-year-old was taken from the track for assessment, but the decision was made to put him down on humane grounds.
LADBROKES WEEKEND REPORT
Best Result: In Good Health, Caulfield, Race 8: Peter Moody is back and already winning feature races! We took the lot here.
Worst Result/Best Backed: Mugatoo, Rosehill, Race 8: Backed as if unbeatable and did the job in comfortable fashion.
MARKETS — LADBROKES
Golden Rose, September 26
$4.80 Farnan, North Pacific
$8 Mamaragan, Peltzer
$14 King’s Legacy
Tuesday: Emerald, Newcastle, Moruya, Benalla
Wednesday: Eagle Farm, Warwick Farm, Bendigo, Gawler, Belmont
Thursday: Ipswich, Albury, Muswellbrook, Ballarat (synthetic), Northam
Friday: Rockhampton, Wyong, Canberra, Donald, Darwin
Saturday: Doomben, Randwick, The Valley, Morphettville Parks, Belmont, Gold Coast, Toowoomba (night), Barcaldine, Bundaberg, Gatton, Mareeba, Mount Isa, Roma, Hawkesbury, Kilmore
Sunday: Sunshine Coast, Moree, Gundagai, Geelong, Naracoorte, Kalgoorlie, Devonport (synthetic), Alice Springs
“I didn’t expect that.” Ryan Maloney on the blistering response Desert Lord gave when he wheeled him to the outside. The horse went from near last to having his rivals rounded up in a few strides.”
Jockey Ryan Maloney. Picture: Greg Irvine, Magic Millions.Source:Supplied
THE TALKING POINT
There’s a lot of spruiking being done around the current crop of three-year-olds, which seems to be a common theme most years, but no doubt they are creating an early splash. First it was North Pacific and then on Saturday Anders put some promising types to the sword. The assumption is the best ones are yet to return, those being the Sydney Group 1 winners Farnan and King’s Legacy, along with Queensland’s shooting star Rothfire.
Jim Byrne was in hot form at Eagle Farm with a treble of wins, but it was his sit on Rothfire in the track gallop which created the most discussion. Byrne said the three-year-old gave him an awesome feel as he carved out a seemingly effortless last 600m in 32 seconds.
THREE TO BACK
Stella Sea Sun, Eagle Farm, Race 8: Beat the others just as easily as Desert Lord beat her.
Acrobatic, Eagle Farm, Race 3: Served it up to the good filly. He’s a promising type himself.
One For Betty, Eagle Farm, Race 2: An ugly watch for favourite backers.
Doubtland didn’t appear to trial the best and failed to come on in the San Domenico. Seems a different horse to the one which lit up Randwick in April.
Mystic Journey failed to finish off again in the Memsie. Regal Power is also at the crossroads after another lacklustre effort.
Kaonic hadn’t won for a lazy 662 days and 15 runs, but the big players weren’t deterred by that, plonking a stack on him to see him start the $4.20 equal favourite.
RQ AND BRC LOCK HORNS OVER VISION
The bitter relationship between the Brisbane Racing Club and Racing Queensland has another chapter unfolding, with a standoff over who pays fees for stewards’ footage at race meetings.
Tensions between RQ and the BRC are at boiling point, clashing on issues including race dates, the new broadcast agreement and cancellation of this year’s winter carnival.
At every BRC meeting, there are four cameras used specifically for stewards, costing about $350,000 annually.
Previously, RQ paid these fees, but under the new broadcast agreement the BRC claim they have been told these costs now need to be met by the club “without notice or consultation”, a fact disputed by RQ.
BRC chief executive Tony Partridge said the footage is for integrity measures only and because of this had never been paid for by race clubs.
“In Queensland, the clubs already bear the costs of broadcast production even though all wagering revenue flows to Racing Queensland,” Partridge said.
“It is not reasonable to expect clubs to also pay for the production costs for stewards-only vision at a time when race clubs are operating with COVID-19 restrictions. In contrast, Racing Queensland has enjoyed the revenue inflows from betting activity during COVID-19.”
RQ chief executive Brendan Parnell said while wagering had grown during COVID-19 and money saved by removing feature races, the control body had made $10m in compensation payments to clubs in that time.
“It is incorrect to say they weren’t aware of this. They were told last year production costs would be wrapped into the new media deal,” Parnell said. “All other clubs are contributing to production costs, why shouldn’t the BRC? The BRC elected to do its own media rights deal and production and integrity needs are an integrated service.”
The BRC funded the costs for Saturday’s Eagle Farm meeting, but has vowed that will be the last time. Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the cameras are essential for stewards to conduct a race meeting
Originally published asCult horse’s motorcade to trump even US President
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