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Gelagotis stable demands please explain over Mourinho Orr decision

The Moe-based Gelagotis training brothers are fuming that their stable star Mourinho was allowed to take part in Saturday’s group 1 Orr Stakes at Caulfield after he was kicked as horses milled around behind the barriers before the start.

And the duo are critical of the Melbourne Racing Club for allowing a field of 18 to take part in the Orr, saying such a large number of runners was simply asking for a pre-race incident to happen given the narrowness and lack of space for a field of that size at the 1400-metre start.

“I want to know why the stewards have not asked any more questions and why our horse was allowed to take part. It had clearly been hurt when it had been double barrelled by another runner. The jockey came off and it backed into the fence,” said stable spokesman Manny Gelagotis.

“The vets asked the jockey [Vlad Duric] if the horse was OK. The jockey should have some say, but he’s not a vet and in my view if a horse is clearly kicked it shouldn’t have been allowed to race.

“Several other jockeys saw me in the mounting yard after the race and they shook their heads and said they found it hard to believe Mourinho was allowed to go round after getting the kick he did.”

Gelagotis also said there simply was not the room available behind the barriers for such a large field and the MRC erred in allowing 18 horses to start.

“One of my owners rang a couple of days before the race because we were worried about how many would be trying to get into the barrier at that spot and we were told it would  be no more than 16, yet they allowed two more in. How did this happen?”

Chief steward Terry Bailey was quoted by website Racenet saying: “Dr Brian Stewart  [RV’s chief vet] described the kick as more of a forceful push, which ultimately both he and the jockey Vlad Duric were confident that the impact would have had minimal if any significant impact on the horse.”

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