By Adrian Dunn TVN Friday, March 15, 2013
MANNY Gelagotis had no doubt that Hvasstan would prevail in tonight's Alister Clark Stakes.
Gelagotis described Hvasstan's victory in the Group 2 as a "defining moment" for this son of Fastnet Rock.
"We thought he had to come here and win and win well," Gelagotis said. "And, that's what he did.
"The world is his oyster. He is a good horse and tonight wasn't a surprise, he was favourite and he was entitled to be favourite.
"He switches off - that's his biggest asset. He doesn't spend any money in the run.
"He is a good horse, people need to realise that."
Gelagotis said the Rosehill Guineas was next on the agenda for Hvasstan before the ATC Derby.
He said he wished Super Cool and Fiveandahalfstar, who quinellaed the Australian Cup, had contested the Alister Clark.
"He will get his chance," Gelagotis declared.
"There wasn't a lot between them in the spring and today was very clinical."
Hvasstan, sent out the $2.90 favourite, enjoyed a lovely trail and he was still coasting when Craig Newitt moved him into the race before the turn.
Newitt kept at Hvasstan as he overhauled Sheer Talent, $4, then defied late challenge from the closing Philippi, $3.70, to win by one length.
Hvasstan bombed the start in the Australan Guineas where he produced stunning closing sectionals in finishing fourth behind Ferlax.
"The proof is in the pudding. If the horse had jumped he would have won," Gelagotis said.
"There is no doubt in my mind."