High priced Yearling Hvasstan justified the $260,000 price tag with a strong performance at Sandown on debut in a 0-68 1000m Hcp where he flashed home late to run home strongly to finish 4th on good company. It was a performance that indicated better things and especially over more distance and Peter Gelagotis indicated pre race that he wanted to see the horse get home late and felt the distance was a bit shorter than what he wanted however everything went to plan and the horse ran superbly under the circumstances.
Purchased at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales the horse was one of the highest priced horses sold and was targeted by the Stable and spent his early days with Peter Moody to be assessed for the 2yo features with all the troubles at the Moe Track however upon his return after a good break he has gradually strengthened and matured and based on his positive trials recently it was no surprise to see the horse perform like he did against proven raced horses.
"It was a big thrill and relief to see the horse perform for the syndicate especially after you pay those sort of dollars and Craig Williams gave a sound report for the horse and hopefully we can give him some valuable racing and experience now whilst the tracks are soft as we think he will improve immensely in the autumn with a spring break behind him. Whilst he lacks some early speed he definitely will get over ground and his last 100m at Sandown was very impressive and once he steps out in journey he will find his feet for sure and his overall experience was great at Sandown and hopefully this will switch him on even further which can only help". Said Peter Gelagotis
If Hvasstan pulls up well he will be targeted at a similar race over further distance and it won't be long for this impressive son of Australia's Premier Stallion Fastnet Rock to be in the winning enclosure for his loyal connections.