Courtesy of Racing Victoria - Brad Bishop 01/01/13 - Module provided Peter and Manny Gelagotis with a training triumph
The Gelagotis brothers were at it again today at Flemington, welcoming the new year with Bagot Handicap success.
The Flemington mounting yard played host to scenes reminiscent of those at courses during the Spring Racing Carnival, when trainer Peter and Manny celebrated great success with Hvasstan, after the Moe-based brothers pulled off a triumph with Module in the 2800m event.
The seven-year-old rediscovered his best form to score a strong win in the $150,000 Listed event with Craig Newitt aboard.
"This horse came into work with the Bagot in mind," Peter said. "This was our grand final.
"Last time in I really thought the horse was wanting to stay. The jury was out earlier that he was just an 1800/2000 (metre) horse, but last time in he really showed late in his prep that he wanted to get a trip.
"So we put him away, bought him back with the Bagot in mind and it's just awesome when it all falls together."
The son of Reset unwound a powerful finish to reel in Crafty Cruiser in the Victoria's Racing Club's feature staying event.
The $15 chance, who was backed in from $18, scored by one length from Crafty Cruiser ($8.50) with King Diamond ($6.50) the same distance away third.
Newitt said he was confident a long way out that he was going to play a role in the finish
"He drew a good gate and he put himself into a nice spot and always travelled like he was going to be in the money," Newitt said.
"Just when they started to pick the speed up from the 600 he grabbed the bridle and towed me into the race. It was pretty much an armchair ride in the end."