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Kiwi Stars Trial Well At Ruakaka
New Zealand racing fans may have had their one and only glimpse of two potential stars of the Melbourne spring carnival on the weekend, reports NZ Racing Desk. Trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman have already confirmed their Melbourne Cup contender Mongolian Khan will race exclusively in Australia while fellow top flight winner Volkstok'n'barrell may also follow suit. The high-class 4YOs enjoyed a spin around Ruakaka on Saturday in a 1000m barrier trial with the duo pleasing their respective connections. Rosehill Guineas winner Volkstok'n'barrell, whose spring goal is the Gr1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 24, finished runner-up to Ryan Mark. "He came to the end of it the last bit and he will come on a lot with the run, he's as big as a bull so that's just what we wanted," trainer Donna Logan said. "Nothing is set in stone yet for him and it will depend on the weather – he'll either run first-up in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield at the end of next month or in the Makfi." Mongolian Khan exceeded Andrew Forsman's expectations with his effort for fourth in the hands of Opie Bosson, who rode him to dual Gr1 success in the New Zealand and ATC Derbys. "I was surprised how he grabbed the bit so it was a good hit-out for him and he will run in early September in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington," Forsman said. Trial winner Ryan Mark travelled easily in front under Leith Innes and coasted to the line in his first serious test since knee surgery following an unplaced run in the Gr1 Railway Stakes on New Year's Day. Trainer John Morrell is keen to run the sprinter in the Gr2 Lisa Chittick Foxbridge Plate at Te Rapa on August 15 and then the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings a fortnight later.