Donna Logan’s chance at ‘mind-blowing’ achievement with Volkstok’n’barrell   Leave a comment

Donna Logan’s chance at ‘mind-blowing’ achievement with Volkstok’n’barrell
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April 3, 2015 – 1:49PM
Adam Pengilly
Kiwi champ: Craig Williams rides Volkstok'n'barrell, right. to win The Rosehill Guineas.
Kiwi champ: Craig Williams rides Volkstok’n’barrell, right. to win The Rosehill Guineas.
If Donna Logan initially struggled to comprehend winning an Australian Oaks, she is really battling to get her head around winning the Australian Derby the very next year.

“It would be mind-blowing because it’s not easy to do,” Logan said before Rosehill Guineas winner Volkstok’n’barrell’s tilt at the $2 million classic at Randwick on Saturday. “You need a special horse to do it and they have to be right one to bring over.”

Logan has found a knack of bringing the right horse over. Last year it was Rising Romance, which caused an upset in the fillies classic and later went on to run second in the Caulfield Cup before being beset with problems during this year’s autumn carnival.

She has been scratched from the group 2 Chairman’s Handicap on the opening day of The Championships due to the onset of a virus and lingering issues with a bruised heel.

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Now Volkstok’n’barrell is carrying the mantle for the Ruakaka trainer in Sydney’s classic races as New Zealand sales graduates take a stranglehold on the Australian Derby.

Barring Tulloch Stakes winner Hauraki, the top four in betting are all graduates of the 2013 Karaka sales, which also unearthed the Derby’s rank outsider, Brogue.

Logan reckons New Zealand might not be selling as many of their best stock to Hong Kong like in years gone by – and at least a couple of them are set to be rewarded in Sydney.

And it would be a remarkable training feat for Logan if Volkstok’n’barrell can win the Australian Derby given his campaign started back across the Tasman in December.

“I’ve had no reason to put him in the paddock because he’s just thrived right the way through,” Logan said. “He just does it on his ear. Honestly, he’s a great horse and all I can say is that I’m very, very happy with my horse.”

Chris Waller’s Preferment, who broke his maiden in the most important race of his career to date, can become the first horse since Mahogany (1994) to win the Victoria-Australian Derby double in the same season.

Preferment ($3.40) was clinging to favouritism with Ladbrokes on Friday evening as punters rallied behind Hauraki ($3.50). Volkstok’n’barrell was on the third line at $4.60.

But Logan is all too familiar with the danger posed by Murray Baker’s Mongolian Khan, which has been responsible for two of Volkstok’n’barrell’s three career defeats, including the New Zealand Derby in February.

“I really respect Preferment and my concern with Mongolian Khan is he improved five lengths into the Derby in New Zealand and if he improved four or five lengths again he’s right in this race,” Logan said.

“The O’Shea horse [Hauraki] … the only question with him is the trip. I think he’s a very good horse, but Preferment and Mongolian Khan are proven at the trip. He’s not yet.”

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Posted April 4, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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