Leading Gippsland Trainer Peter Gelagotis produced a very promising filly at Mornington in Miss Macarena a daughter of champion sire More Than Ready from a Danehill mare Dancesteps which persuaded the owners to have the dance song Macarena in the naming of this promising horse. From the awkward barrier on debut Craig Newitt was positive out of the gates and basically dictated the race and kicked powerfully on the corner to win easily by 2 lengths and indicate better things to come for this promising young horse who was bred by Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud and passed in at the Adelaide Magic Yearlings Sales in 2011 for $70,000.
" This filly really impressed me with her attitude and maturity and personally to train a winner for some of my very good clients and now Gerry Harvey is flattering really and he is a true owner who has left her programming and preparation up to me working with his manager Claire Bird so this result means a lot to a boutique stable like ours so much credit goes to Cloverdale Agistment , Julien Welsh who educated her and Nine Dragons led by Lyle Plumb for conditioning her this time round in great order and this win came as no surprise as she has shown above average ability from day one " said Peter Gelagotis
"Its a great story really when I approached Gerry Harvey who retained 50% of her to race a horse in our stable and the filly had some appeal to me at the Sales however needed time and here we are today with a winning debut daughter of a champion sire and training a winner for Gerry Harvey one of the greatest owners in Australia which really gave me personally a great buzz and shows the character of Mr Harvey to support such an up and coming stable like ours which is great for Gippsland and our region really. One thing Mr Harvey stressed is to look after her and give her time so the syndicate has really enjoyed the fruits of being patient and her jump out at Sale recently was very impressive and gave the stable confidence she could win first up and Miss Macarena done the rest starting favourite and not letting the punters down " stated Racing manager Manny Gelagotis
With 3 weeks to go now this win clears the stable away to another Gippsland Training Premiership and sets up the spring carnival with many of the stables big guns back in work and getting closer to resuming in their respective races.