Change of fortune
Unlucky Malaguerra chasing a deserved G1
TRAINER Peter Gelagotis is hoping luck will be on the side of his gallant sprinter Malaguerra when he chases a Group 1 win in tomorrow’s Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.
The seven-year-old resumed from a long spell in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley last month and should have finished closer than his five and a half length 12th behind Brave Smash, Spirit Of Valor Kementari according to his trainer.
“It was a bit unfortunate, we never had our premium chance to participate,” Gelagotis said.
“Barrier 1 can be a good gate at times and really awkward gate at times. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be his day and went against us.
“He wanted get going but had to wait as the others took off and he had to try and pick up quickly give chase.
“Then nearly got put over the fence at the 100m mark. He didn’t have much joy.
“He has settled in really well here in Perth.
“He’s happy and relaxed. Enjoying his time away from home.”
Two years ago, the son of Magnus ventured west to tackle the Winterbottom and it was also a case of what might have been.
The gelding finished a length fifth behind Takedown but should have gone close to winning on that occasion.
“Again, he was extremely unlucky day as well.
“He never got a crack at them on the fence again.
“He went to make his run and there was nowhere to go. He just had to wait.
While Malaguerra hasn’t won since the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley in January last year, he has only seven starts since then — all Group 1 company.
He turned up for his Perth assignment with a Cranbourne barrier trial win on November 12 and will have the blinkers on for the first time.
“He’s been without a lot of luck in recent times.
“You need everything to go right the big races and he’s just had no luck.
“I hate making excuses. You have to be able to analyse a race and say where did we go wrong, where did we fail or what was against us.
“The bottom line is there has been a couple of runs that he hasn’t had lot luck.
“If you hang in there long enough, should get your reward.
“He’s due for a change of luck and hopefully he can get another Group 1 this weekend.
Trainer Peter Gelagotis is hoping luck will be on Malaguerra’s side in tomorrow’s Winterbottom Stakes.