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Asthma Explains Volkstok'n'barrell's Poor Spring
New Zealand trainer Donna Logan believes she has discovered a possible explanation for Volkstok'n'barrell's sub-par performances during the Melbourne Spring Carnival, reports NZ Racing Desk. Expectations were understandably high for the 4YO this season after a excellent autumn campaign that featured a win over Preferment in the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas and placings behind subsequent Caulfield Cup winner Mongolian Khan in the New Zealand and Australian Derbys. However, he failed to make an impact in half a dozen starts in Australia and he returned home following his unplaced run in the Caulfield Cup suffering from an asthmatic complaint. "He's lived all his life with plenty of fresh air off the ocean here at Ruakaka," said Logan, who prepares the son of Tavistock with Chris Gibbs. "He went from a clean environment to a box in Melbourne and all that dust there so it makes some sense. It's a very uncommon thing and the vets have treated him and in six to eight weeks he should be cleared." She added: "The Christmas racing will come up too soon for him. We'll just wait, but we will be looking overseas again with him at some stage."