Levendi Co-Trainer Confirms ATC Derby Champion’s Retirement

VICTORIA, Australia – Manny Gelagotis is the other trainer of Levendi, working side by side in moulding the blue blood stallion with his brother, Peter. On Saturday, they recommended the bay-coloured racehorse’s retirement after fading to run seventh last November 14. Levendi did not fulfil the expectations of his trainers in the sluggishly-run 2020 Zipping Classic held in Melbourne’s Sandown Racecourse, based on the report posted online by Australian horse racing news and information website, Racenet.

Gelagotis remarked that a dismal chapter had concluded last weekend. He described Levendi as having been their best racehorse. Gelagotis affirmed that they might have had other top-performing racehorses, yet Levendi had possessed panels on them. He added that he is truly sad because spectators had not witnessed what Levendi was as a six-year-old champion racehorse.

Gelagotis ended his statement, citing that his charge was, indeed, a highly accomplished galloper. Before next racing season, the ownership organisation behind Lipari and Pierro’s son would reportedly consider a stud deal. Gelagotis is keen to stand the six-year-old stallion in Victoria. Nevertheless, parties from New Zealand and Western Australia have already expressed their interest.

Levendi’s name is a Greek term which means gorgeous or courageous man. He won a pulsating edition of the 2018 Australian Turf Club (ATC) Australian Derby in Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse. In that competition involving a two-racehorse war, Peter Gelagotis’s Moe Racing Club-trained stallion outgunned Ace High. Before a pelvic injury resulted in his 18-month lay-off, Levendi is a Group 1 champion who was victorious in five of his first ten starts. Levendi retires with a record of 18 starts for two placings and five victories, with three at Group level.

Additionally, this preparation, the $1.7-million, stakes-winning racehorse offered connections some optimism of rediscovering his best performance when put in the Group 3 JRA Cup second-up. However, Levendi merely battled in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and Caulfield Stakes. Based on a November 2019 report by the daily newspaper The Herald Sun, Peter relayed that he had been counting down the days to his ward’s comeback. He cited that this return would be the end of an extensive patience build-up and the frustrating period since winning the 2018  ATC Australian Derby.

Levendi’s main trainer disclosed that there had been times when they thought that the now-retired racehorse would not come back to the racetrack. Levendi needed to have bone chips eliminated from his knee following his victory in the ATC Australian Derby. Hence, his trainers thought it would be best to bypass the spring. Besides, the racehorse suffered a stress fracture. Thus, he was not able to work in late-2018 and unable to come back to racing during the Sydney Autumn carnival.

During those moments, the Gelagotises believed that Levendi had run his final competition. They had hoped that their charge could get retired being a stallion. Peter pointed out that there was interest in Levendi, though not sufficient to have retired him. Levendi’s trainer proudly described him as a victor of five of his ten starts, was a victorious two-year-old racehorse, and a winner of one of the Carbine Club contests. Peter affirmed that Levendi is a serious racehorse.

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