The Courier-Mail

Kiwis seem to have it in barrel

- MATT STEWART

AUSTRALIA’S most respected ratings expert believes Volkstock’n’barrell is the first leg of a Kiwi tag team that will be Australasi­a’s best chance of fending off overseas raiders this spring.

Volkstock’n’barrell has been plunged from $16 into $8 to begin his spring assault with a first-up win in Saturday’s Memsie Stakes.

Fellow Kiwi Mongolian Khan, who shares the same rating as Volkstock’n’barrell, according to Timeform’s Gary Crispe, arrives in coming weeks and is likely to resume in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on September 12.

Crispe said there was nothing between the two Kiwi stars whose rivalry in New Zealand was transferre­d to this year’s autumn carnival in Sydney where the spoils were shared.

Volkstock’n’barrell won the Rosehill Guineas – Mongolian Khan was fifth – before chasing his great rival home in the Australian Derby.

Crispe said both Kiwis had the potential to match previous raider Ocean Park, who took advantage of a lean era of locals and won the Underwood and Caulfield Stakes and Cox Plate in 2012.

“If you call horses like Contribute­r and Hartnell raiders then these two Kiwis, in an old style sense, are the best we’ve got and probably by some margin,’’ Crispe said.

“The only other one is John O’Shea’s Hauraki. Other than him it’s a really plain year for up and coming local stayers and that’s a bit of a worry.’’

Connection­s of Fawkner decided yesterday to scratch after drawing a wide gate in the Memsie and instead gallop between races at Caulfield on Saturday before resuming in the Makybe Diva.

Nick Williams said Fawkner would benefit from a cameo on Saturday.

“The problem we have with that horse is he tries so hard that from barrier 18 he’d end up having a very hard run and that’s not what you really want at the end of August,” he said.

Crispe said Volkstock’n’barrell had shown the versatilit­y to sprint well fresh, meaning he could open his campaign with a win in the Memsie.

LIAM Birchley’s Sires Produce Stakes runner-up Blueberry Hill is out of Golden Rose contention owing to a hamstring injury.

TRAINER Bryan Guy will relocate from the Gold Coast in October to stables at Canungra, where he will train for existing clients and exclusivel­y for Aquis Farm’s racing team.

Aquis Farm was known as Patinack Farm and has been renovated since it was acquired in January this year.

“Aquis has a clear vision that it wants to be a leading player in the Asian horse racing industry and that will serve my clients well in the future,” Guy said.

 ?? Picture: Mark Evans ?? HOT TO TROT: Volkstok'n'barrell, ridden by Craig Williams, is shaping up as the best bet to put overseas raiders in their place this spring.
Picture: Mark Evans HOT TO TROT: Volkstok'n'barrell, ridden by Craig Williams, is shaping up as the best bet to put overseas raiders in their place this spring.
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