Bankruptcy concern forces Alligator Blood north

Alligator Blood’s controversial owner says his Group 1 winner will head north to Queensland to target the Stradbroke Handicap after Racing New South Wales sensationally banned his horses from racing in the state.

Allan Endresz says NSW officials confirmed last week they would no longer allow the majority of the horses he has an interest in to compete, due to his undischarged bankruptcy status – ending his high-profile gelding’s Sydney autumn campaign before it began.

With entries into the Group 1 Doncaster Mile and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Endresz says he will start legal proceedings against Racing NSW for damages caused.

“Every one of our accounts and bills with trainers are meticulously paid, and that is with half-a-dozen trainers, we feel like we contribute to the industry, it costs a bit to have 30 horses going around,” Endresz said of his Ezybonds No. 1 syndicates.

“I will initiate damages based on the nominated races ‘Al’ was in.”

Endresz said four horses – Stonecoat, Isola Sacra, Honor The Legend and Power Me Up – have been allowed to continue training, with any prizemoney frozen but a number of others, including Alligator Blood, have been completely barred.

Alligator Blood will now head north to Queensland, where Endresz says current trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott will continue to train the horse, while Sunshine Coast trainer Billy Healey looks over him.

Allan Endresz (middle) with fellow owners of Alligator Blood after winning at the Gold Coast. Picture: Steve Holland.

Healey trained the horse for three starts before heading south to Waterhouse and Bott.

“Once we have everything we need, ‘Al’ will be on a truck with Gai and Adrian continuing to train while using the facilities of Billy Healey on the Sunshine Coast,” Endresz said.

“We are looking at the winter carnival with Al, we can’t do the autumn because we are gone.”

The decision by Racing NSW has also caused havoc with a number of unnamed horses Endresz has an interest in.

“The strict interpretation was that anything we are involved in, those horses have to cease training and any racing,” he said.

“Then they came back after they realized we’re not full owners of these horses, we have an interest in a truck load of other ones so they modified it for some of them.

“There are four there without names but they won’t allow them to be registered, those syndicates are off their tree about it. We have 25 per cent in an absolute crackerjack two-year-old with (Darby Racing) and he needs to get his name registered.

“He has a five-week program with Gary Portelli and we think he could be anything but he can’t get a name.”

Racing NSW thing not to comment on the matter.

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