Courtesy of TVN - Carl Di Iorio - 12/08/14. Stakes winners closer to resuming. The Peter Gelagotis-trained pair of Hvasstan and Mourinho will trial at Cranbourne next week ahead of their spring kickoffs.
Hvasstan and Mourinho galloped together between races at Moe last Sunday over 1000 metres and crossed the line in unison.
"It was a really good piece of work from both of them," said stable manager Manny Gelagotis.
Mourinho will resume in a 1500-metre open handicap at Moonee Valley on August 23 while Hvasstan may run in the same race depending on how he trials next week.
"They're both heading in a similar direction this campaign as they're similar types who appreciate tracks like Moonee Valley with give in the ground," Gelagotis said.
"Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes day (September 6) is also going to be important for both horses. We can either run them in the Group 2 feature or in the open handicap over the same distance (1600 metres).
"Then there's the (Group 3) JRA Cup (2040 metres on September 26). Afterwards the calendar opens up a bit with country cups at Cranbourne (October 12) and Moe (October 16)."
Mourinho ran fifth behind The Great Snowman in the 1600-metre open handicap on Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes day last year before winning the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) by a long neck from Gris Caro.
Admirable efforts followed in the listed Cranbourne Cup over 2025 metres (third) and Group 2 Moonee Valley Cup over 2500 metres (fourth).
Hvasstan commenced his spring campaign last season with an excellent fourth at Flemington over 1400 metres behind Shoreham. However, he struggled at his next two outings at Caulfield before regaining form with a 2040-metre win on Cox Plate day.
Mourinho and Hvasstan failed to win last campaign but raced competitively, earning more than $50,000 collectively during the autumn.
"Hvasstan looks back to his best. He is happy and sound, free of any niggles," Gelagotis said.
"Perhaps his tough three-year-old campaign took its toll on him a little afterwards but he looks in for a good campaign."
Hvasstan has collected $442,635 with four wins from 24 starts while Mourinho has $433,997 with five wins from 26 starts.