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JRA Cup winner Mourinho could add the Cranbourne Cup to his CV after claiming tonight's Group 3 win at Moonee Valley.
Trainer Peter Gelagotis said his confidence endured a roller-coaster ride during the week.
Gelagotis said he was confident that Mourinho would be prominent in the JRA Cup after he worked well with stablemate Hvasstan at Moonee Valley earlier in the week.
But, Gelagotis said his heart sunk when Mourinho drew the outside gate in the field of 13.
Mourinho rallied strongly to defy former French stayer Gris Carom, which loomed as a serious threat inside the 200 metres.
Under strong riding from Craig Newitt, Mourinho, backed from $21 to $16, scored by a neck from Gris Caro, $7.50, which followed up from his Balacalava Cup win with a strong run.
The Great Snowman, $10, was four and a quarter lengths away third just ahead of West Australian Mr Moet while Lightinthenite, the $4.20 favourite, was eighth, seven lengths from Mourinho.
Gelagotis' brother Manny was effusive in his praise for Mourinho, who is now unbeaten in three starts at Moonee Valley over the 2040 metre trip.
"He's a Moonee Valley specialist and I thought he put the writing on the wall with his last start. I thought he should have won," Manny Gelagotis said.
"I said to Craig (Newitt) 'just be positive, he loves the place and he's ready'. He's a top horse, he's a Group 3 winner, his CV is excellent."
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