Having steadily built to the task over the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival so-far, trainer Peter Gelagotis revealed he has been thrilled with the condition of classy stayer Hvasstan but is disappointed to have allocated the wide and awkward barrier 19 for tomorrow’s Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m).
Claiming four wins and a further four minor places over his 30 competitive appearances on course so far, Hvasstan placed a disappointing eleventh in the Moe Cup (2050m) on October 16th but has since run sixth amongst talented company in the City Jeep Handicap (2040m) and fourth in the Secondbite Plate (2000m) at Flemington on Stakes Day.
Understandably displeased with barrier 19 for his sole Ballarat Cup entrant, Gelagotis told TVN jockey Craig Newitt has a huge task in finding the line in the clear on Saturday and will need a lot of luck.
“You can probably tell in my voice that I’m a bit down about it, and I’m normally really upbeat and positive,” Gelagotis said.
“The horse is really good.
“I thought his last run at Flemington, against the bias and the pattern was fabulous, so the horse is on target, it’s just that it is a horror draw.
“I spoke with Froggy (Newitt) yesterday and he just laughed. He knows it’s a tough task, but I guess we’ll just go back to give him every chance and hope the speed is on.
“If they go a genuine speed and he can pick his way through the field he’ll be a chance. I’m confident he’ll run well, we just need luck from the gate.”
Unable to secure much of a consistent run of form over the 2014 Autumn Carnival, Hvasstan ran seventh in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) and second in minor over 1950m on March 16th but was unable to figure when eighth in the Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) and 14th in the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m).
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