Peter Gelagotis Profile
Peter Gelagotis has learnt some very important lessons from a very early age. Demand respect and give it where it is due. Work hard, listen to the right people and stick together with people you can rely upon and this has been the recipe of his climb to the top in the Victorian Training Ranks.
The stable is a team effort - Peter is the head horse trainer and Manny Gelagotis runs the stable's business side to ensure his brother is able to dedicate all of his time to training and they are both supported by a dedicated team led by Gary Hollier , staff and family members. Manny attends most Yearling Sales in Australasia and has a good team of professionals that support him in his selection processes to ensure that the potential purchases tick all the boxes in terms of pedigree , soundness and confirmation. Our yearlings are broken in by Booralite Park in Pakenham led by renowned world class Breaker in Julien Welsh who breaks in for many leading Trainers Australia wide and we utilise Nine Dragons in Bangholme also for education and Pre Training to ensure our horses get the very best care at the early stage.
Based and operating in Moe from a 7ac boutique property, complete with track and swimming facilities inc Treadmill Exerciser the facility allows the horses to have the best of everything from Day Yards and individual rest and recovery paddocks for grazing and just enjoying life in general which keeps them mentally focussed and at the top of their game. The property belongs to the parents being Michael (Dec) & Effie Gotis who have been the back bone and support for Peter and Manny who carry their original family name of Gelagotis which originates from the island of Lesvos in Greece which is the origins of this family.
Their father' s influence and guidance has played a major part in the racing success of the Gelagotis Stables. Michael has owned or trained harness horses and greyhounds throughout his early years in Australia since migrating in 1956 and decided to try his hand at the gallopers after a move to Moe on this wonderful property. Being a friend of the late Colin Hayes led to Michael receiving Lindsay Park cast offs to work his magic with and had instant success with horses like Royal Mask , Opine Trust & Wonder Worker who were trained by his good friend Kevin Ruff at Sale and once Michael took his own license he trained himself horses like The Heath , Boomerang , Sir Rosebank , Lesvos Ruler and many others.
In the late 90's the Gelagotis Family expanded their food business to a magnificent new facility to seat 100 in the Restaurant and also to accommodate a Cafe that would be the biggest in Gippsland. As the demands of the restaurant/cafe business grew and his sons started showing more of an interest in the horses, a decision was made for Peter to start learning his craft from his father to ultimately step into his footsteps as a trainer. In 1996 Manny was an established National Soccer League player in the Australian National Soccer League which lasted till 2001 and during this time he was assisting where possible but it was Peter that instantly took the reigns and decided to commit himself to the family passion of racing horses and became head Trainer of the racing empire that Michael started and in recent years has taken the hobby farm to an international level where he has prepared , trained and sold horses that have won all over the world inc America and Asia.
High winning strike rates and premierships in Gippsland have been the result of all the hard work the family and the staff have achieved so that the Owners get the results they deserve entrusting Peter with their horses. His goal is to ensure that every horse in his care fulfils their potential and he does this by ensuring that they are fit, healthy and happy and have the best people treating them and looking after them from Farriers, Chiropractors inc Vets. The stable numbers are always kept at a managable number to ensure the horses receive the personal attention they deserve and this approach has served him well over the years with many successes including 2016 Sprint Stars Malaguerra and Illustrious Lad who took the Flemington Spring Carnival by storm , 2015 WFA champion and Group 1 winner Mourinho (winner of over 1 Million in prizemoney & multiple group winner) , Hvasstan who conquered the best 3yo in Melbourne and was Group 2 winner of Norman Robinson Stakes (now at Stud in QLD at Clear Mountain Fairview) , SAVQUAW (Winner of the 2009 Moe Cup and 2010 Gippsland Horse of the Year), Belgietto (2011 Gippsland Horse of the Year) , Crying Storm & , Floramour whom are both Stakes Winners in Adelaide , Big Col and of course the country cups star Module (winner of time honoured Bagot Handicap) who was a revelation in the Gelagotis stable when purchased from the Williams dispersal winning over $300k . In 2016 the stable was given the job to rehabilitate Tasmanian Champion The Cleaner to full health including some terrific performances at WFA level before retiring to Living Legends which was a great effort at 9 years of age.
The passion for Jumps racing has been there from day one and the stable have had some wonderful jumpers in Lesvos Ruler , Sir Rosebank , Tezzas Choice , Crying Storm and Meadow who went on to win in the USA.
"Since having my horses with Peter & Manny we have had a lot of success and most of all fun. Winning races has provided me with a great social outlet and we have become good friends away from the track. Honest assessment and the facilities are great and the results speak for themselves" Greg Williams AFL Hall of Fame.
"The most dilligent trainer I have come across and the boutique environment has given my horse Malaguerra a new lease of life and winning a feature Group 1 is the proof that its not the name that wins the big races its the best trainer that wins the best races" Bruno Micalizzi - owner of Srinting Star Malaguerra
"Been foundation owners with Peter Gelagotis and we have had well over 100 winners and we would not have our horses with any one else. Great service , great facilities and staff and more importantly great communication and placement of the horses. We have raced Hvasstan , Module , Savquaw , Belgietto , Crying Storm to name a few and thoroughly enjoy the passion and fun that racing brings ! Steve & Paul Moss
The Group 1 wining team GELAGOTIS RACING gives the right honest experience in Racing and the results speak for themselves and we look forward to seeing you at the winning enclosure !