MOSS LAPS UP WET WEATHER

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MATT JONES CRAVEN PLATE

THE Ge­lago­tis brothers peak at Syd­ney car­ni­vals.

Fol­low­ing Levendi’s win in the Group 1 ATC Derby in the au­tumn, Pe­ter and Manny raided an­other fea­ture Syd­ney race with Moss ‘n’ Dale in at Rand­wick yes­ter­day.

The six-year-old was hav­ing his first big test in Group com­pany but he had one thing on his side as the bar­ri­ers opened – the weather.

He ploughed through the ground with ease to de­feat Doukhan by 1¾ lengths with favourite Egg Tart in third in the Craven Plate (2000m).

“We’ve been dy­ing to get him on a wet track be­cause he’s been do­ing it on top of the ground,” Manny said.

“At the 400m I thought he’d be un­beat­able be­cause they just can’t make up that ground to­day.

“It was a big test but Pe­ter rang me dur­ing the week and said the horse couldn’t have worked any bet­ter.

“In fact he said it was Group . 1 work. Halfway through the run I thought ‘gee that would want to be good’.’’

Ge­lago­tis paid trib­ute to 3kg-claim­ing Jack Martin, who has en­joyed a highly suc­cess­ful re­la­tion­ship with Moss ‘n’ Dale and the team could not jus­tify tak­ing him off for a more ex­pe­ri­enced rider.

“This will do his con­fi­dence the world of good,” Ge­lago­tis said. “It’s about loy­alty with the right rider on the right horse at the right time.’’

Martin didn’t put a foot wrong on the $5 hope, set­tling him on the fence and con­serv­ing en­ergy. Once the gap opened up on the turn, he pushed him through and his su­pe­rior wet form took over.

Martin de­scribed it as the big­gest thrill of his ca­reer, not just be­cause it was a Group race but be­cause it was on Ever­est day.

“It’s a big thrill and to do it on that horse makes it even more spe­cial,” he said.

“I loved look­ing at the weather fore­cast this week, it just kept rain­ing and rain­ing and rain­ing. My girl­friend didn’t re­ally like it, she couldn’t dress up as well as she could.”

Jockey Ker­rin McEvoy said Egg Tart did her­self no favours right from the out­set and she had too much ground to make up in the test­ing con­di­tions.

“She turned her head as the gates opened and we flopped out, didn’t want to get that far back and ul­ti­mately it cost her the race,” he said.

ALL RIGHT JACK: Ap­pren­tice Jack Martin clinches Moss ‘n’ Dale’s win in the Craven Plate. Pic­ture: AAP/Si­mon Bullard

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