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Gelagotis Can't Fault Malaguerra
Top sprinter Malaguerra (Magnus-Tennessee Morn, by Bletchingly) will launch his spring campaign in tomorrow's Gr2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. The Gr1 BTC Cup (1200m) winner will be having his first start for new trainer Peter Gelagotis since being transferred from the stable of Lee and Anthony Freedman. "He has trialled very emphatically under a good hold both times," Gelagotis told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "And he's come through each trial very well. Looking at him it seems like the horse still has plenty of upside." He added: "He has been so relaxed since arriving in the stable. It's going to be interesting to see how he handles race day because apparently he can be a real handful...but I haven't seen any sign of that so far." Malaguerra has drawn slightly wide (barrier 9) in the field of 12, but Gelagotis believes the horse is versatile enough to overcome the outside gate. "I think the horse is very versatile so I think we just need to leave it up to Ben [jockey Ben Melham]. He knows the horse having won six or seven races on him," Gelagotis said. "If he runs exceptionally well and impresses us, then the Darley [Gr1 Darley Classic] is an option. Otherwise he will go straight to the Winterbottom Stakes [Gr1] as the owner has indicated he wants to run in Perth."