Alligator Blood is no stranger to the Group 1 winners' circle, and he's aiming for his third successive victory in a Group 1 event. His most recent triumph came in the Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield, followed by a win in the Might And Power (2000m) at the same venue three weeks later. 

Notably, the latter race marked his first success at the 2000m distance, and Waterhouse is confident in his ability to handle the extended challenge of the Cox Plate.

Trainer Waterhouse is confident about the performance of the horse

Waterhouse stated, "I never had any doubts about him at 2000 meters, although there are always doubters. But it was an absolutely convincing win."

For Gai Waterhouse, a Cox Plate victory would be a significant milestone in her illustrious training career. She is no stranger to the event's rich history, as her father, Tommy Smith, claimed seven Cox Plate titles during his own legendary training career. 

The Cox Plate holds a special place in Waterhouse's heart, as it combines the elements of speed and toughness that define Australian horse racing.

"I'd love to win the Cox Plate," Waterhouse enthused. "I've always adored this race because it marries the two things we do so well in Australia, speed and toughness. The race has that electricity about it, vitality, and it's always a great race."

To ensure Alligator Blood is in prime form for the Cox Plate, Gai Waterhouse has left no stone unturned in her preparation. The gelding has undergone numerous gallops at Moonee Valley during this campaign, becoming well-acquainted with the sometimes challenging track layout.

Waterhouse added, "He's ready to go," underscoring her confidence in the gelding's readiness for the grand challenge that awaits in the Cox Plate. 

With Alligator Blood's undoubted talent and the skilled training of Gai Waterhouse, the Cox Plate promises to be a thrilling spectacle for racing enthusiasts.