When Peter Gelagotis got to the drive way of Sandown last week he was called by his Racing Manager Manny Gelagotis to turn back as the meeting had been called off after Race 1 due to powerful winds however what the trainer never knew was that the horse had been double entered for the week in a Maiden at Sale over 1700m and as they say the rest is history. Hvasstan has created a very big impression at his first two runs at City level where he had bumped into some smart types and dropping back to a Country Maiden was never going to be easy however Hvasstan put no doubts in everyone's mind that he is a horse with quality and appears destined for bigger and better things.
The attractive son of Fastnet Rock was purchased from the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale by brother Manny and instantly fell in love with the horse that was touted to be the best from the sale and the wraps are starting to come to fruition with a dominant win at Sale over the weekend however it wasn't smooth sailing in the run where the horse settled 5th in running on the fence travelling super when the anchor went on and then through no fault of anyone was held up and checked before exploding at the top of the straight to put pay to some smart types to career away under wraps to win by nearly 3 lengths.
"It was a thrill to see the horse put them away the way he did on top of the ground as his previous runs at Sandown where on heavy tracks and he showed his class and a great turn of foot so the window of opportunity opens up now and he looks a cheap horse in the making even though we paid $260,000 at the Sales for him. He has pulled up amazingly well and improves every day so naturally he will be given his chance to get to the Victorian Derby and the dream remains alive and we are confident in him to keep heading in that direction until proven otherwise. He has the makings of a horse that will deal with the Derby as he switches off and has a turn of foot and I think he will have no problem to stay and the stallion can do no wrong so the Owners deserve their time in the sun and it just may be this horse that gives them the opportunity" stated Head Trainer Peter Gelagotis.
"The horse is raced by loyal clients and we are enjoying a great start to his career and fingers crossed that we can end up in a good place with him and all going well he will either appear at Caulfield or Flemington in the next 2-3 weeks and be given his opportunity to prove he has the class to contest a Group 1 this spring which would make him a very valuable entire and so far his form is holding up to warrant the desired plan and we have super confidence in the horse and he will be set for the time honoured race " said Racing Manager Manny Gelagotis