Former Colac jockey lands career-best win

Former Colac jockey Ryan Maloney celebrates at the winning post on David Vandyke’s gelding Alligator Blood in Saturday’s Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, one of Australia’s richest horse races.  PHOTO: Michael McInally.

Former Colac jockey Ryan Maloney and gelding Alligator Blood proved the most unusual of pre-race drama couldn’t compromise their magic partnership at the Magic Millions.

Colac export Maloney, 34, netted David Vandyke’s stable a whopping $2 million after riding Alligator Blood to victory in Saturday’s 1400-metre Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas.

Maloney said stewards delayed the race, one of the richest in Australia, after an accident on the freeway between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast saw Alligator Blood stuck in his float.

But Maloney said the pre-race drama didn’t affect his ride, with a near-perfect run seeing him pass the post two lengths ahead of Eleven Eleven.

“I was a bit concerned how much it took out of him, he was stuck on the freeway for a long time but luckily that’s the type of horse he is, it didn’t affect him too much at all, he got the job done,” he said.

“As soon as the gates opened it went to script basically. For some of the race I wasn’t real happy with the horse I was following but then they pressed on and made it a genuine tempo and I was able to follow the horse that ran second to me.

“Once I got in that position I was really happy and confident, he did the rest.”

Maloney has ridden Alligator Blood for all its starts apart from two, with the pair proving to be a winning partnership.

The pair have won six of their seven outings together.

Maloney said Saturday’s win was the best of his 17-year career.

“It was the best win I’ve had in racing that’s for sure,” he said.

“The celebrations were pretty tame, I went over to the Magic Millions yearling sale to catch up with the owners, but otherwise I had to race on Sunday so it was pretty quiet.

“But I didn’t have to celebrate too hard because the high that I got from it was better than anything I’ve experienced.”

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