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Volkstok'n'barrell Out To End Kiwi Drought
Volkstok'n'barrell is primed to break a lengthy drought for New Zealand-trained horses in Saturday's Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m), reports NZ Racing Desk. Kiwi horses have won the race five times since the time-honoured feature gained weight-for-age status in 1990, beginning with champion Rough Habit's dominance from 1991 through 1993, but the visitors have continued to come up short since King Keitel won in 2001. "We are overdue," Volkstok'n'barrell's trainer Donna Logan said. Logan, who trains the triple Gr1 winner in partnership with Chris Gibbs, said she has been thrilled with the Tavistock gelding's progress since he finished a sound third in the Gr2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast earlier this month. "He really needed the hit-out in the Hollindale," Logan said. "Volkstok'n'barrell got well back and had to make a long sweeping run. The month between runs told at the end, but I was very happy with the effort." She added: "He is spot on. He has really tightened up and the track should suit him."