He’s the ”punters’ pal,” says assistant trainer Manny Gelagotis about the Gelagotis stable’s All-Star Mile hope Moss’n’Dale, and ”he’s a good chance of running a huge race on Saturday”.
If the six-year-old gelding – who is trained by Manny’s brother, Peter – can run as well as the siblings hope, it will be one of their biggest ever paydays on a race track and an afternoon to remember for apprentice jockey Jack Martin, who is the only apprentice to have a ride in the $5 million race.
Although there will be half a dozen or so rivals going to post at shorter odds than Moss’n’Dale, Manny Gelagotis is expecting a bold show from a galloper who will, whatever happens, take his earnings past the million-dollar mark at Flemington.
”He really is a punters’ pal. He’s had 32 starts, won 14 of them and been placed in another nine. He’s a weight-for-age winner, he’s won in three states of Australia and he goes on fast, good and slow tracks.”
As for his inexperienced rider – Martin can still claim an allowance in city races but on Saturday he will be up against champions like Craig Williams, Hugh Bowman and European star William Buick without weight relief – Gelagotis has no fears.
”I would be needing an excuse to take him off. He gets on well with him, he rides him in his trials, he won a weight-for-age race on him in Sydney.
”We reckon we are a chance. He’s going to be in a terrific position in the run, he’s got a good barrier [six] and there are no excuses for him not to perform.”