Courtesy of Simon McEvoy - Cranbourne Leader - October 14, 2014. WHEN it comes to celebrating, the Gelagotis boys from Moe are champions.
And they were at it again on Sunday after winning the 2014 Cranbourne Cup with their top-notch stayer Mourinho.
Emotions overflowed in the mounting yard after Mourinho, ridden by Craig Newitt, held off all comers.
Trainer Peter Gelagotis and his younger brother Manny, the stable manager, were dishing out bear hugs at a rapid rate.
Mourinho is part-owned by 15 people so the boys were kept busy. Manny broke away from the celebrations to speak eloquently to the waiting media.
"The horse had clear cut form,'' he said.
"I believe he was the best horse in the race.
"He had a soft run. He was always going to be hard to run down. He's a tough horse.''
Manny said Mourinho, a $36,000 buy at the Sydney Classic sale, had overcome setbacks including a tendon injury.
"So it's a bit more special for us,'' he said.
"It's just great that he's delivered a good race. It's really important.''
Peter and Manny's father Michael is a Greek immigrant who arrived in Australia in the 1950s determined to succeed.
He did, running businesses before turning his hand to another challenge – training horses.
Peter and Manny took over the stable in about 1999 and have trained many winners.
Mourinho ($4.60 second favourite) led all the way to win the Cup ahead of the fast-finishing More Than Sacred ($8.50), with $3.80 favourite Le Roi third.
Cranbourne-trained horses Epingle (equal fourth), Ali Vital (sixth) and First Course (eighth) ran well.