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Logan Bidding For Gr1 Double

Friday, 8th April 2016

Donna Logan will be seeking a rare trans-Tasman Gr1 double this weekend, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Northland trainer will shoot for her second Australian Oaks title in the space of two years when she saddles Gr1 Herbie Dyke Stakes winner and last-start Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes runner-up Valley Girl (Mastercraftsman-Leigh Valley, by Bianconi) in the 3YO fillies Classic at Randwick. Closer to home, Logan and co-trainer Chris Gibbs will produce Candle In The Wind in the Gr1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha. Logan was delighted with Valley Girl's Vinery Stud Stakes run a fortnight ago and is expecting another bold showing in the Oaks. "It was a super run and she's come through it really well. She's really taken that next step up, I feel," Logan said. "She's settled into the place like she's been here forever and her work has been magnificent. She's eating, she's bright and she's really well. She had a good blow after that first run over here and she's indicated she's looking forward to getting over that extra 400 metres of the Oaks." Logan compared Valley Girl to her 2014 Australian Oaks winner Rising Romance. "She's right there with Rising Romance. Barring bad luck, she's got a huge chance of being right in this," she said. Logan was happy with Darci Brahma mare Candle In The Wind ahead of the Te Aroha weight-for-age fillies and mares feature, saying that Gibbs had reported her to have trained on well since her first-up fourth in the Gr2 Japan-New Zealand International Trophy (1600m) at Tauranga last month.

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