Following on from the surgery last year, Healey says the Australian Guineas winner of 2020 is as “sound as a bell” and has no issues as he ramps up his return to racing campaign.
In a three-horse exhibition gallop on Sunday between races, the son of All Too Hard put four lengths on his rivals under a strong hold from newly minted Queensland premiership winner, James Orman.
According to Healey, one of the cult heroes of Queensland racing has come up better than he would have hoped after such a lengthy injury lay-off, describing his emotions as “rapt” with the gun gelding.
“He has come back in really good order, I am really pleased with him and he trialled up really nicely,” Healey said.
“We will have another trial Monday week at the Gold Coast.
“He was very impressive on Sunday and probably better than what I expected, but he was carrying some condition and a bit big and the way he trialled up like he did, I was very pleased.
“He coasted to the line under Jimmy, he looked pretty impressive and he is going really well.”
If the decision is for Alligator Blood to remain with Healey, he floated the idea of kicking off his campaign on the Gold Coast before looking to the southern states through the Spring Carnival.
The plan is to get Alligator Blood to the Cox Plate later this year, where he is rated a $51 chance with TAB, with lead-in races such as the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and the Toorak Handicap also on the agenda.