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Volkstok'n'barrell Melbourne Bound

Thursday, 27th August 2015

New Zealand trainer Donna Logan has provided an update on Gr1 winner Volkstok'n'barrell (Tavistock-Volkster, by Volksraad) who is set to resume in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Last season's Rosehill Guineas winner boarded a flight from Auckland to Melbourne yesterday as he prepares to launch his spring carnival campaign aimed at the Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 24 October. "I'm very happy with him. He went down to the beach this morning [on Wednesday before his flight] and had a trot and canter and a paddle in the ocean...he was pig-rooting and was bright as a button," Logan told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "I've sent him over in good order so I'm just hoping he arrives in the same order." Although confident that Volkstok'n'barrell is fit enough to win first-up, Logan said the Tavistock 4YO would derive plenty of benefit from the run. "1400m is a nice start for him. I just hope that the track stays in good order. It is a good line-up, there are about eight Gr1 winners in the nominations but I'm expecting that the distance will probably favour him more than some of the others," she said. "I think he is forward enough (to win) but whatever he does he will take a lot of improvement out of the run." Following the Memsie, Logan said Volkstok'n'barrell was likely to have his next run in the Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemingotn on 12 September. "We've got the option of the Makybe Diva in two weeks and then the Underwood [Gr1, 1800m] after that, but we will just wait and see how he goes on the weekend."


Volkstok'n'barrell (image: Steve Hart)
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