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Tuesday January 22nd 2019

Levendi on track for the Apollo Stakes

Having looked so good when winning the Australian Derby, Levendi has endured a long spell after surgery to remove bone chips from both knees but now looks destined to return to action against Winx in the Apollo Stakes.

WinxManny Gelagotis, brother and assistant to trainer Peter Gelagotis was very complementary about the horse after a pleasing hit out in a barrier trial at Warwick Farm on Tuesday but is under no illusion on the task that’s facing them.

"He went terrific," Manny Gelagotis said. "We got a really pleasing report from Brenton Avdulla. He ran in a half-mile trial, his first day out in public, and we're in a really good place with him.

"He's really developed immensely. He had the spring off but it's done him the world of good. The surgery went terrific. His rehab has gone terrific and we've had no issues with him.

"This morning was the first time we put him under real pressure and he passed with flying colours."

Gelagotis was asked how he feels about a possible clash with champion Winx who could make her first start in the Apollo Stakes since winning an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate last October.

"That will be a tough ask but we've just got to worry about our horse," Gelagotis added. "We had a view that going to Sydney was going to be better for him to get on those forgiving tracks with the procedures that he's had. It's more about the horse.

"Winx or no Winx, it is what it is. There's a fork later on in the carnival. He'll go to the Apollo and Chipping Norton Stakes and then whether he goes to the Ranvet or Queen Elizabeth, we'll just wait and see how he's going."

Cox plate 2019 betting has Winx at $3 while Levendi can be backed at $26.00.


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