Hvasstan to Race and Retire in Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival 2015

Hvasstan is likely to have run his last race for Moe trainer Peter Gelagotis who confirmed a stud deal had been made with a Queensland operation meaning the 2015 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival campaign was calling the galloper with a new trainer in the Sunshine State.


A 2015 Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival bid will be Hvasstan’s last prep before retiring to serve at stud in Queensland. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The five-year-old Fastnet Rock stallion has a career as a sire calling for later this year, connections set to send him to a Brisbane horseman for a final campaign to build a bit of interest around him in the state he’ll be standing at stud in.

Gelagotis confirmed to RSN’s Racing and Sport that Hvasstan had already made the trip north and was in a pre-training facility ahead of his return.

“He was shipped off to Brisbane earlier in the week,” he said.

“In the pipeline looks like there’s a stud up there that’s going to stand him so that’s really exciting.”

While he couldn’t actually remember the name of the stud, a slightly embarrassed Gelagotis said the deal was only a few minor details off being finalised.

“It’s pretty close,” he said.

“I think it’s all pretty much set.”

A winner of four of his 31 career starts for $466,735 in prize money to date, Hvasstan’s most notable victory was back in October of 2012 in the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) as a three-year-old.

He backed up a fortnight after that win in the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) and ran a brave fourth to Fiveandahalfstar.

His form over his subsequent campaigns failed to reach the same heights with his latest run being a disappointing 12th to Mujadale in the Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m) in late November.

Hvasstan hasn’t raced in Brisbane before but will be on show during the winter targeting some nice races over the carnival including possibly the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 9.

Far from being disappointed, Gelagotis couldn’t be happier for the horse or the owners about the move.

“In the best interest of the horse we thought it wise to campaign him up there so the Queensland people can have a good look at him in the flesh over the carnival there in the big races,” he said.

“That will increase his chances to get a few mares (once at stud) and hopefully he can make it as a stallion.

“He’ll be changed to a different stable, it’s probably wise he goes into the system up there.

“The owners have got to decide on who trains him but I think it’s good for the people up there.”

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