Gelagotis fancies Sandown chances

06 February 2018 08:26:43 EST

Trainer Peter Gelagotis is backing Call Me Handsome to build on his last-start win by picking up another victory at Sandown on Wednesday afternoon.

Call Me Handsome raced in Hong Kong, where he picked up a win and a place, before switching to Australia and the stable of Gelagotis.

Injury and the switch down under kept him off the racing scene for over a year, but the five-year-old was then placed in his first three runs for Gelagotis.

He finally made the breakthrough in Benchmark 70 class in a $50,000 race at Sale on 18th January and will stay at the same level in tomorrow's race at Sandown.

However he faces a strong line-up, including the Sandown Guineas runner-up Peaceful State as well as unknown imports Rostam and Calibration from the Darren Weir stable.

Stable manager Manny Gelagotis says there is plenty more to come from Call Me Handsome and believes he can work through his grades in time.

"He hits a bit of his flat spot in all his races but what I like about him is that he fights very strong and continues to run good time," Gelagotis said. "I think there's a lot more to come with him.

"Since he has come over from Hong Kong, he's done a good job. This is a small acid test and he looks well-placed. He's come here and has got his confidence up and shown a little bit of quality."

Call Me Handsome is 3/1 in the Fixed Win market for Race 7 at Sandown, with Booradley 9/2 and Critical Thinking 7/1.

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