Courtesy of Racingnetwork.com.au 26/03/13 - Adrian Dunn - PETER Gelagotis heads with Hvasstan to Saturday's Group 1 Rosehill bursting with confidence, but still respectful of the quality opposition awaiting.
Gelagotis described Hvasstan, winner of the Alister Clark Stakes, as "being in a good place" after coming through the Group 2 race without an issue.
"Going forward, you've got to be happy," Gelagotis said.
"We're not scared of any horse, but I have the utmost respect for all the opposition – they're good horses. Some of them are on paper probably better than us."
Gelagotis said Hvasstan, fourth behind Fiveandahalfstar in last year's Victoria Derby and fourth behind Ferlax in the Australian Guineas, is a horse that "gives you his heart and soul."
He said while the colt is not going to win by huge margins or dazzle his rivals with a blistering turn of speed, he would always deliver.
"Every time you step him out he comes up another notch," Gelagotis said.
"His strike rate is good, his competitive nature is good and really can't say much more about him. He is what he is.
"He's always putting his hand up."
Gelagotis said he gave Hvasstan a lazy week following the Alister Clark, but the colt had a good workout today over 1600 metres.
"He was nice and sharp, he wouldn't have blown out a candle," he said.
While Hvasstan has not galloped at speed the Sydney way, Gelagotis said he hoped the colt's versatility would overset that issue.