PUNTERS SINK TEETH INTO ALLIGATOR

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Sportsbet faces a large pay-out if Alligator Blood can win Saturday’s All-Star Mile at Caulfield.

A swag of punters took $15, when early betting opened, from the online bookmaker. The David Vandyke-trained Alligator Blood has won 10 of his 11 starts and is the $2.70 All-Star Mile favourite.

The Queensland star has drawn barrier 10 in the field of 15 for the world’s richest mile race that carries a $5 million purse.

Alligator Blood won the Australian Guineas at his most recent start, is one of 10 Group 1 winners in the field for Saturday’s second running of the race.

New Zealand champion Melody Belle will start from barrier five.

Thousand Guineas winner Flit has drawn the outside barrier while Heart Of Puissance has barrier one.

Alligator Blood has won five in a row and is a potential superstar. He has a long way to go to reach Winx like status, but since the great mare’s retirement there’s no doubt he is the people’s horse.

Melody Belle has also tightened in betting, firming from $7.00 into $4.80 second favourite. Fierce Impact and Regal Power, both $9.00, are the only other runners under double figures.

 

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