Courtesy of 2015coxplate.com.au - 17/03/2015 - Mourinho has undoubtedly returning to racing in career-best form this year, and will launch a bid for a 2015 Cox Plate (2040m) berth upon resuming in spring, according to trainer Peter Gelagotis.
Posting a commendable race record of nine wins and as many minor place finishes from his 35 career starts so far, Mourinho was set for last weekend's Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) upon returning to racing in January, but failed to match the late pace of Spillway; hitting the line almost seven lengths away in 13th.
Thrilled with the results posted and form displayed by his stable start, Gelagotis told RSN the seven-year-old has returned to the paddock and will be set for the 2015 Cox Plate; a race for which he was unlucky to be balloted out at the final hurdle in 2014.
"He pulled up well," Gelagotis said.
"It was just unfortunate that on our Grand Final that we drew a sticky gate and nothing went right for the horse.
"He got crowded, he wanted to over race and when he did want to get out and get going he got shoved back into a pocket and that just took the shine off his run.
"When he did get out he just boxed to the line and his is better that that, but he just didn't get a go at them.
"He went straight to the agistment property on the way home after the races and he is in a nice green paddock now.
"He will have a couple of months off and from all reports he is bright and well.
"Our full focus will be on the Cox Plate.
"His CV is pretty right now to be included in the race and as long as he comes back in the same form that he has been in this preparation, he can pick-off one of the lead-up races and show that he is holding that form line."
Winning a minor over 1500m upon resuming in the 2014 spring, Mourinho place a close second in the Group 2 Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and third in the Group 3 JRA Cup (2040m) before charging home to win the Listed Cranbourne Cup (2025m) on October 12th.
Returning to the paddock following a credible seventh in the talent-rich Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m), the Oratorio gelding won the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at $51 odds first-up this year; progressing to third in the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) and returning to the winner's circle in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) in his only other start prior to the Australian Cup.