Courtesy of Fairfax Media, 10 July 2011
MODULE, one of the many horses sold by Lloyd Williams each year, quickly recouped most of his purchase price at Flemington yesterday, making it two wins in as many starts for new trainer Peter Gelagotis in the 1800-metre Rising Stars final.
Bought this year for $70,000, Module has already earned $67,750, with the promise of more wins to come. Gelagotis's brother Manny, who buys for the family operation, thanked Williams for the opportunity to buy horses such as Module. ''They sell horses and are genuine traders and allow people an opportunity,'' Manny Gelagotis said.
Ridden by apprentice Ashley Thompson, Module ($3 into $2.30 favourite) enjoyed a perfect run just behind the speed before racing to the lead at the 250 metres, holding off another well-supported runner Conquering Journey ($10 into $6.50) who had tried to lead all the way.
''He's definitely a stakes-class horse, there's no doubt about that,'' Gelagotis said. ''We'll just work through the ratings (races), enjoy the ride and see where we end up.''
Promising two-year-old filly Bolisimo Miss ($1.65 favourite) will now head to the paddock for a short break after three wins from as many starts when winning the Life Members Handicap (1100 metres).
At her previous win at Flemington, Bolisimo Miss has raced behind the speed, but yesterday was left in front all the way and had to fight hard in the final stages before holding off Song of the Bell ($6) by a short neck. ''She's proved to us that she's up to stakes class so we'll give her a month's break and then get her back for fillies' races towards the end of the carnival,'' said Simon Zahra, who trains the daughter of Bel Esprit in partnership with Mathew Ellerton. ''It's a bit of a catch-22. These two-year-old fillies races are worth $100,000 after you add the Super VOBIS bonus, so you have to take the money while you can.'' It was a Super VOBIS-Bel Esprit double in the next race when Adelaide visitor Belfast Boy ($7 into $5.50), a son of the champion Victorian sire, scored a narrow win in the Henry Bucks Handicap (1200 metres). Trainer Gordon Richards, who said Belfast Boy had been unlucky in his last three runs and deserved to win yesterday, will leave him in Melbourne for another race at Flemington in two weeks. ''He goes well up the straight here and, of course, there's the Super VOBIS so we'll leave him here for an 1100-metre race in a fortnight,'' Richards said.
The David Hayes stable won the last race with Maraaseem ($10) making it five winners for the week for the stable. But it has been a tough time off the track with Hayes's assistant trainer and nephew Tom Dabernig sustaining a serious leg injury after being kicked by a two-year-old on Tuesday morning. Dabernig broke two bones in one leg and has had three operations and a blood transfusion.
''I think his recovery will take up to eight months,'' Hayes said. Dabernig was to have moved to Hayes's new Euroa training base, and Hayes hopes that now he has the replacement for Lindsay Park up and running that this week's success will continue.