Day At The Track

Lasgis rewarded for his patience

07:15 PM 05 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Maria and Arthur Lasgis with Mygreekkalesa

If you’re ever looking for someone to go fishing, take a long drive or perform any task that requires plenty of patience, call Arthur Lasgis.

Based on the first event at Stawell yesterday, Lasgis is certainly a man with a patient nature!

Lasgis captured the opening race on the Cup Day card with moderately-performed trotter Mygreekkalesa, which scored at $12.40 on the tote.

Not only did the eight-year-old cause an upset, she broke a 38-month, 68-start, drought from the winners’ circle.

“It’s been a long time between drinks, but I knew she would win again one day,” Lasgis declared. “It is a really hard game this one to win.

“I always felt she would win again, she just needed luck.”

Luck certainly came Mygreekkalesa’s way on this occasion.

Driven by Greg Sugars, the daughter of Wind Cries Maori began well from her 10-metre handicap to settle two-back along the pegs as Maccas Gone Kracas led and Upandgone worked in the ‘death seat’.

Forging his way to the lead leaving the back stretch, Upandgone galloped turning for him, which saw several runners checked as a result.

Sugars seized the opportunity to angle Mygreekkalesa away from the pegs, with the mare sprinting to a seven-metre win from Maccas Gone Kracas, with Gavlenn Sunset four-and-a-half metres away third.

“She got everything her way this time, but having said that, she trialled well leading up to this and I knew she was at her top,” Lasgis said. “She should’ve won before this as she run several placings in a row, but couldn’t get a win.

“I will just keep pressing on with her now and hope she can get another win.”

A former Take Away shop owner in Ararat, Lasgis, who part-owns Mygreekkalesa, prepares a couple of standardbreds as a hobby.

“My wife Maria and I sold the shop many years ago and now just enjoy our retirement,” Lasgis said. “I like to train a few horses for something to do and keep me active.

“We love heading to the races as much as we can.”

  • PAUL COURTS

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