Dean Logan's long battle with cancer has ended, with the popular New Zealand trainer passing away peacefully at his Whangarei home, reports theinformant.co.nz. "Dean put up a hell of a fight, that was the measure of the man," said his close friend Garry Cossey. "By rights he should have been dead months ago but he refused to lie down. It's a comfort to everyone that he passed away peacefully this morning." Dean Logan was originally a diesel mechanic before he joined his former wife Donna in a hugely successful training partnership based at Ruakaka. Along with the stable's many feature wins in New Zealand and Australia, he gave generously of his time to racing administration, in particular to the Whangarei Racing Club. He served many years on the club committee and was president, only to have to stand down, at the time his illness was diagnosed. This Saturday one of the Logans' stable stars, Australian Oaks winner Rising Romance, will be the overwhelming favourite to add another Gr1 victory to the stable's honour roll in the Gr1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m) at Ellerslie.
In South America, boom colt Xin Xu Lin (who defeated older horses to win South America's most important annual race, last December's Gr1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini over 2400m at San Isidro in Argentina before being purchased by Godolphin) was named Brazil's Horse-Of-The-Year for the 2010-11 season. The major award winners were:
Also in Brazil, just-turned 3YO colt Plenty Of Kicks (Crimson Tide-Pleni Turbo, by Choctaw Ridge) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the Gr1 Grande Premio Presidente Da Republica (1600m) at Gavea. Plenty Of Kicks (ridden by Valdinei Gil for trainer Julio Cesar Sampaio) defeated fellow 3YO colt Joe Diesel (Christine's Outlaw-Darter, by Afleet) & 4YO entire Conclusivo (Neleo-Unorvilena, by Norwegian). Plenty Of Kicks now has 3 wins (also including June’s Gr1 Grande Premio Jockey Club Brasileiro over 1600m at Gavea) & a placing from 4 starts.
Juvenile colt Plenty Of Kicks (Crimson Tide-Pleni Turbo, by Choctaw Ridge) scored a 2.25-lengths victory in Brazil’s Gr1 Grande Premio Jockey Club Brasileiro (1600m on turf) for 2YOs at Hipodromo La Gavea in Rio de Janeiro. Plenty Of Kicks (ridden by Valdinei Gil for trainer Julio Cesar Sampaio) defeated fellow colts Joe Diesel (Christine’s Outlaw-Darter, by Afleet) Not To Tell You (Baby Speedy-Letme Tell You, by Mansageiro Alado). Plenty Of Kicks now has 2 wins & a placing from 3 starts.
Bloodstock agent Cameron Cooke paid $145,000 for a colt by Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning Widden Stud stallion & last year's Australian Champion 1st-Season Sire Stratum (the 5th foal out of 10-year-old Bellotto mare True Seduction) consigned by Woodside Park Stud. The colt's dam True Seduction is a half-sister to dual Gr1-winner Cole Diesel & stakes-winning & Gr1-placed True Finish.
However rival owners & trainers "have slammed Caulfield Cup winner Viewed's 1kg penalty for the Melbourne Cup, the most lenient in 20 years," reported The Herald-Sun. The "consensus was that master trainer Bart Cummings's wish for no more than 1kg was a gift from Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter & was unfair on beaten Caulfield Cup runners". The 1kg penalty is "the lightest for a Caulfield Cup winner since Cole Diesel in 1989" (who subsequently finished 16th in the Melbourne Cup). Among the comments were: