Trainer notches up wins

Stratford Press - - News - By NZ RAC­ING DESK

Cam­bridge trainer Sam Lo­gan got off the mark for the sea­son with a dou­ble over the week­end and is look­ing for­ward to the re­turn of the promis­ing Woodloveto later this year.

Lo­gan pre­pared Lam­br­usco to win the fi­nal race at New Ply­mouth on Satur­day, a Rat­ing 65 2000m, and a day later she headed to Te Aroha for Na­tional Jumps Day and gained a de­served maiden hur­dles win with Henry Tu­dor and a third in the other maiden hur­dles with La­cus­tre.

“Lam­br­usco mixes his form and it was hard to know how good he’ d go on Satur­day, but back to maid­ens I thought Henry Tu­dor was a big chance,” Lo­gan says. “It was good to get on the board with the wins, but I won’t have much more rac­ing for a while.

“Those three are go­ing out for a spell and the only one I’ve got ready to race right now is Our Katy Cruz, who will run at Te Awa­mutu (next Sun­day). She’ll be a good chance. It’ll be good to get Woodloveto back. I think he’s a re­ally good horse.”

Woodloveto cre­ated a favourable im­pres­sion last sea­son when win­ning three times and placed twice from just seven starts.

The Red­wood geld­ing ended his cam­paign with suc­ces­sive stay­ing wins in the au­tumn, scor­ing over 2200m at Ro­torua last March then over 2500m at Hast­ings a month later.

“He came back in and did six weeks, but then he had some swelling on a hock and he ended up with a chip re­moved,” Lo­gan said. “Un­til then we were aim­ing to get him up for the Welling­ton Cup this sea­son, but he won’t make that now.

“He’s gone to the wa­ter tread­mill for four weeks then he’ll be back in the sta­ble. We’ll make plans for him then.”

Lo­gan will be sup­ple­ment­ing her in­come in the down­time of her rac­ing squad with pre­train­ing, but she is ex­cited about the long-range prospects, par­tic­u­larly when the next jumps sea­son gets un­der way, even though that might seem so far away with the cur­rent jumps term just ended.

“All go­ing well, I’ll have some nice jumpers for next year. Ngatira Gold and Zamora will be back and so will Henry Tu­dor and La­cus­tre. I’ll also be get­ting Lam­br­usco’s jump­ing ticket. He’s been jump­ing since he was a two-year-old and he goes well.

“I’m also look­ing for­ward to get­ting La­cus­tre over the Eller­slie hill next year. He went well on Sun­day and he loves Eller­slie.”

La­cus­tre’s forte is steeplechas­ing and last win­ter he won over the Eller­slie coun­try by 20 lengths after a sec­ond over the same course and dis­tance to the sub­se­quent Waikato Steeple­chase (3900m) win­ner Max. Vic­to­rian jumps jockey Lee Horner was suc­cess­ful on Henry Tu­dor, who capped off six plac­ings.


Trainer Sam Lo­gan is look­ing for­ward to the re­turn of Woodloveto later this year.

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