Monday, December 20, 2010


Peter Gelagotis’ outstanding miler, Belgietto, is poised to become BEL ESPRIT’s 11th stakes winner following another brilliant performance at Flemington on Saturday (18 December).
The lightly raced 4YO is on fire and the victory at headquarters was his fourth in a row and second on the trot at Flemington.
Never far out of the money, Belgietto has now raced on 13 occasions for five wins and three placings … indeed, he’s only returned home twice without a cheque and two of his city placings figured prominently in stewards’ reports.
Although held up behind a wall of horses on Saturday, Belgietto got the split and proved too strong in the run home … he’s certainly game!
Out of the stakes winning Sackford mare, Adagietto, Belgietto is a half brother to four winners including the stakes placed Radio Song and is closely related to Moonee Valley stakes winner Captiva and Hong Kong Group One winner Packing Winner.
It’s beyond me as to why you would call a horse Adagietto – the musical term for ‘very slow’ – but it didn’t exactly put the breaks on her and has hardly had an impact on Belgietto!

Sold through Eliza Park’s 2008 Magic Millions Horses in Training draft at the Gold Coast, Belgietto is raced by a syndicate which includes ‘Boss Hogg’ (for all you Dukes of Hazzard fans) and Manny Gelagotis.
A long time client of Eliza Park, Manny played professional soccer (six years with the Gippsland Falcons) and is the owner of Michaels Golden Hen Moe Café and Silks Restaurant on George, plus runs the Moe Racing Club Turfside Bistro & Function Centre.
Manny also operates GW Racing Bloodstock, a boutique thoroughbred agency with a “selective clientele which allows me to focus on quality rather than quantity”.
It’s certainly working with Belgietto …

Belgietto scores at Flemington. Photo courtesy of Slickpix

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