Moe trainers all class at Sale Cup

Colour: Valley girls Nikita Blair, Morgaine Bourke, Charlotte Kanavan, Abbie Derooij and Sharna Moon are all smiles at the Sale Cup. photographs liam durkin



MOE trainer Peter Gelagotis had a winner on Sale Cup Day.
Gelagotis took out the Race 4 Coffee Pit/No 1 Car Wash BM64 Handicap (2200m) with Adonis Kick last Sunday.
The five-year-old gelding put in a clinical run to win by 1.25 lengths after holding third at the 800m and pushing to second with 400m to go.
Young jockey Tianni Chapman was in the saddle, and able to ride home a great win.
Fellow Moe trainer Allison Bennett had Dahwilly back at Sale Turf Club for this race following its win on a Soft 5 on October 5.
Dahwilly kept up its form, coming third this time around.
The win made it back-to-back for Adonis Kick, after he won at Bairnsdale on a Soft 7 a fortnight prior.
“I have to say congratulations to the owners for sticking tough with us, more importantly here Tianni Chapman, for me that was ride of the day. She took her medicine, she stayed calm, she balanced the horse and she took her opportunities and won the race with a very cool ride from a young girl who I think is doing things beyond her years,” Gelagotis said.
“Her last two rides on this horse have been twenty out of 10, kudos to her, this is about Tianni and her love for Adonis Kick and getting his form back.
“It’s great to have this horse back, I go back to a preparation ago where he won on a Heavy 10 at Moe and the turn of foot he showed that day, Craig Newitt rode him and said ‘this horse is going places’, and we’ve never seen it again unfortunately. I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s not actually a wet-tracker believe it or not, even though he did win that day.”
Cranbourne gelding Uncle Bryn won the Sale Cup.
It was a busy weekend of racing in Gippsland, with Moe Racing Club hosting a transferred meeting on Saturday.
The meeting was originally scheduled for Yarra Valley, but had to be moved due to floods.
Moe, having withstood more than 50 millimetres of rain in five days to hold its Moe Cup the week before, answered the call to hold an eight-race meeting.
The races weren’t the only thing transferred from Yarra Valley, as the move meant three Bucks Dos reportedly had to be relocated as well.
It is unlikely whoever planned those events ever thought they would end up in Moe of all places.
That aside, the meeting was a further endorsement for the club’s StrathAyr track, which you could only now described as indestructible.
NEXT up on the Gippsland racing calendar is Derby Day at Latrobe Valley Racing Club
(Traralgon) this Saturday.
Latrobe Valley Racing Club, often referred to as the ‘little brother’ of Moe, holds two meetings a year.
The Traralgon-based club differs from other racing clubs across Gippsland in Moe, Sale, Bairnsdale and Stony Creek, as it is an entirely volunteer organisation.
The club has welcomed a few new upgrades, including an outdoor cover for members, and is also aiming to add to the number of meetings it hosts per year.
Latrobe Valley has joined racing clubs across Gippsland in working together to see the sport
thrive moving forward.
The Traralgon Cup will be held at Latrobe Valley Racing Club on Sunday, November 27.

Trio: Kallum McWatters, Jaymen Stott and Beau O’Conner travelled up from Traralgon for the Sale Cup.
Motley Crew: Keeping the average shirt theme alive in Sale are Thorpdale mates James Durkin,
Jason Fahey, Daniel Powell, Cougar Millsom and Kayne O’Connell.