Lo­gan’s run: Re­turn to launch­pad

Weekend Herald - - Racing - NZ Rac­ing Desk

Donna Lo­gan will again at­tempt to use to­day’s Listed Trevor Ea­gle Memo­rial ( 1500m) at Ellerslie to launch a group one gal­loper.

The Ruakaka trainer has had five run­ners in the race since 2012 and re­mark­ably three have gone on to win group one races, while a fourth — 2014 run­ner- up Mid­nitemag­ic­man — fin­ished fourth in the group one New Zealand Derby ( 2400m).

Lo­gan’s 2012 win­ner Habibi went on to win the New Zealand Derby later that sea­son, while her 2013 win­ner Ris­ing Ro­mance was sec­ond in the Derby be­fore win­ning the group one Aus­tralian Oaks ( 2400m) at Rand­wick, then later fin­ished sec­ond in the group one Caulfield Cup ( 2400m).

Lo­gan pro­duced Sul­tan Of Swing and sub­se­quent group one Her­bie Dyke Stakes ( 2000m) win­ner Val­ley Girl to fin­ish third and fourth in 2015, but didn’t have a run­ner in the race last year.

Lo­gan and co- trainer Chris Gibbs will to­day sad­dle promis­ing Shock­ing colt Warset and ex­cit­ing Darci Brahma filly Hello It’s Me in the three­year- old fea­ture as she con­tin­ues to mould the clas­sic hope­fuls.

“It’s been a good race to us and both these two horses war­rant their place in it. Let’s hope they can go on and do what those other horses have done be­fore them,” Lo­gan said.

Voda­fone New Zealand Derby en­try Warset was a win­ner on de­but at Ruakaka and chased Hello It’s Me when both filled mi­nor plac­ings at Ruakaka a fort­night ago.

“Warset hasn’t got the best of draws but he’s pretty well. He’s the sharper of the two and if he had a bet­ter draw, he’d prob­a­bly be the pick of my two,” Lo­gan said.

“Hello It’s Me is def­i­nitely an Oaks filly in my eyes. The fur­ther she goes, the bet­ter she’ll be. It’s just whether the 1500m is too sharp for her at this stage.”

Hello It’s Me de­feated Karisto on de­but at Ruakaka be­fore run­ning home strongly be­hind Di­jon Bleu for fifth in the Listed So­lil­o­quy Stakes ( 1400m) at Ellerslie in Oc­to­ber.

She is also nom­i­nated for the New Zealand Derby in March.

TAB book­mak­ers opened Hello It’s Me as a $ 9.50 fifth favourite, with Warset at $ 17 be­hind the un­beaten favourite De­moni­ti­za­tion at $ 3.30.

Sta­ble­mate Volk­stok’n’bar­rell is at $ 10 to win the group three Ea­gle Tech­nol­ogy Stakes ( 1600m), with Lo­gan rapt with the Tav­i­s­tock geld­ing ahead of the set weights and penal­ties fea­ture.

“He’s su­perb. I’m re­ally happy with him,” Lo­gan said.

“This isn’t his best dis­tance but it’s a nice lead- up to get us to the Zabeel Clas­sic.”

Four- time group one win­ner Volk­stok’n’bar­rell, who was sec­ond to Con­sen­sus in last year’s group one Zabeel Clas­sic ( 2000m) at Ellerslie on Box­ing Day, had a “freshen- up” af­ter his last- start ninth in the group one Li­va­mol Clas­sic ( 2040m) at Hast­ings, Lo­gan said.

“He’d lost a lot of weight so he went to the pad­dock then he’s just come back and done all his work here at the track and on the beach.

“He’s put the weight back on and he looks ter­rific.

“I’d like to think he can run in the first five on Satur­day at least,” Lo­gan added.

Lo­gan and Gibbs have nine horses en­tered at Ellerslie to­day, with Kachhi and group two Rich Hill Mile ( 1600m) as­pi­rant Ro­mancer ex­pected to race well.

Pic­ture / Race Images

Hello It’s Me is def­i­nitely an Oaks filly in the eyes of Ruakaka trainer Donna Lo­gan and will run at Ellerslie to­day.

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