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Colgan Reunited With Volkstok'n'barrell
Vinnie Colgan is relishing his opportunity to get back aboard one of his favourite gallopers in the Gr1 Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m) at Te Rapa tomorrow, reports NZ Racing Desk. The six-time New Zealand Derby-winning jockey hasn't ridden Volkstok'n'barrell in New Zealand since his back-to-back Group One double of the Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m) at Otaki and New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie last autumn. "I'm happy to be back on the old fella," Colgan said. "He's won some good races and it's worked out well with Matt Cameron happy to stick with Jon Snow for this race." Volkstok'n'barrell is the TAB's $5.50 third favourite behind highly regarded 3YO Savile Row at $3.70 and Gr1 Zabeel Classic winner Consensus at $4.50. "The two three-year-olds [Savile Row and Jon Snow] will be tough to beat and Consensus is racing well but my horse is a good, fit horse and he'll run a strong race," Colgan said. Colgan has ridden Volkstok'n'barrell (Tavistock-Volkster, by Volksraad) on four occasions and that inside knowledge of the horse could prove the difference between winning and defeat on Saturday. "He can get off the bridle from the 600m to the 400 when they quicken but as long as you don't miss that, he'll get to the line strongly. If everything goes right to that point, he'll be dangerous up the straight," he said.