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Spell Likely For Exciting Hasselhoof
Donna Logan is prepared to make Australia wait for their first glimpse of her undefeated four-year-old Hasselhoof, reports NZ Racing Desk. Logan had given thought to a trip to the Melbourne spring carnival for the Listed Harry White Classic at Caulfield later this month, but that is now unlikely to eventuate. "This horse is so untapped and he's still such a baby," said Logan, who prepares the son of Tavistock with Chris Gibbs. "I'm going to recommend we put him in the paddock. We've talked about Melbourne, but I don't think he is strong enough mentally at this point in time." Hasselhoof (Tavistock-Alpine, by Zabeel) kept his perfect record intact when he successfully stepped up to a middle distance in Saturday's Thomson Wilson Handicap for his fourth win in as many appearances at Ruakaka. However, the pre-race plan for Matt Cameron to settle the long odds-on favourite off the pace from the widest gate went awry soon after barrier rise. "We wanted to ride him back and have the last crack at them, but they weren't doing much early and he was going to be flushed out wide so Matt went forward," Logan said. Hasselhoof worked into a handy spot and after hitting the front soon after straightening responded to the challenge of Smedley to draw clear and win by a length and a half. "There's a lot more in store for him," Logan said. "He's going places and I'm very pleased to have him in my stable." Cameron said Hasselhoof's win was easier than it may have looked and their winning record together was never under any threat. "He'll never travel like a $1.10 shot and he'll be better chasing horses and having something to concentrate on." He added: "He waits for the others and I was only hitting him to keep him focussed, he just does everything so easily."