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Volkstok'n'barrell on Track for Livamol Classic
Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs are looking forward to running Volkstok'n'barrell (Tavistock-Volkster, by Volksraad) in the Gr1 Livamol Classic (2000m) at Hastings in a fortnight (7 October), reports NZ Racing Desk. The Ruakaka trainers are expecting the multiple Gr1 winner to be at his peak for the final leg of the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown series after he finished a creditable fifth behind Gingernuts in Saturday's Gr1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings. "He was fabulous. He was near last turning for home and he couldn't get out wide enough so it was a really, really good effort," Logan said. "We were pretty confident and if the track been a bit firmer it could well have been a different outcome." Logan added: "He pulled up very well and ate everything up so we'll be back for the Livamol. Hopefully, the weather gods will be on our side. He's improved and the extra distance on a decent track will really suit him." Volkstok'n'barrell will be chasing his fifth Group One success in the Livamol following elite wins in the Rosehill Guineas, Maori Stakes, New Zealand Stakes, and Herbie Dyke Stakes.