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Exhibition Gallop for Zabeel Hope
Multiple Group 1 winning Kiwi galloper Volkstok'n'barrell (Tavistock-Volkster, by Volksraad) is set to have an exhibition gallop this weekend ahead of next month's Zabeel Classic, reports NZ Racing Desk. "He's packed on the beef so we'll take him to Ellerslie on Sunday, it will do him good to have another look around," co-trainer Chris Gibbs said. A last-start third in the Gr3 Eagle Technology Stakes (1600m), Volkstok'n'barrell has been set for the Gr1 Zabeel Classic (2000m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day. The 6YO finished runner-up to Consensus in the weight-for-age feature last year. Volkstok'n'barrell will be chasing his fifth Group 1 success in the Zabeel following elite wins in the Rosehill Guineas, Maori Stakes, New Zealand Stakes, and Herbie Dyke Stakes.