MOSS LAPS UP WET WEATHER
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