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Volkstok'n'barrell On Track For Zabeel
Triple Gr1 winner Volkstok'n'barrell is likely to make his next appearance in the Gr1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day, reports theinformant.co.nz. The 5YO Tavistock gelding resumed with a satisfactory sixth place finish (beaten 3.2 lengths) in last weekend's Gr1 Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) after missing the start. "He was always going to need the run. For him to win, everything was going to have to fall perfectly into place for him. Once he was slowly away, I knew it wasn't going to happen. I was sitting with Sir Patrick Hogan and he turned to me and said, 'Is that part of the plan?', said co-trainer and part-owner Chris Gibbs. "But he made ground down the straight without bursting over the top of them, and we're happy enough with that. He's taken improvement from it and we'll carry on towards the Zabeel Classic over 2000 metres on Boxing Day."