Spell Likely For Exciting Hasselhoof

Monday, 14th September 2015

Donna Logan is prepared to make Australia wait for their first glimpse of her undefeated four-year-old Hasselhoof, reports NZ Racing Desk. Logan had given thought to a trip to the Melbourne spring carnival for the Listed Harry White Classic at Caulfield later this month, but that is now unlikely to eventuate. "This horse is so untapped and he's still such a baby," said Logan, who prepares the son of Tavistock with Chris Gibbs. "I'm going to recommend we put him in the paddock. We've talked about Melbourne, but I don't think he is strong enough mentally at this point in time." Hasselhoof (Tavistock-Alpine, by Zabeel) kept his perfect record intact when he successfully stepped up to a middle distance in Saturday's Thomson Wilson Handicap for his fourth win in as many appearances at Ruakaka. However, the pre-race plan for Matt Cameron to settle the long odds-on favourite off the pace from the widest gate went awry soon after barrier rise. "We wanted to ride him back and have the last crack at them, but they weren't doing much early and he was going to be flushed out wide so Matt went forward," Logan said. Hasselhoof worked into a handy spot and after hitting the front soon after straightening responded to the challenge of Smedley to draw clear and win by a length and a half. "There's a lot more in store for him," Logan said. "He's going places and I'm very pleased to have him in my stable." Cameron said Hasselhoof's win was easier than it may have looked and their winning record together was never under any threat. "He'll never travel like a $1.10 shot and he'll be better chasing horses and having something to concentrate on." He added: "He waits for the others and I was only hitting him to keep him focussed, he just does everything so easily."


Alice Springs Star Galloper Goes Missing

Thursday, 24th January 2008

Thursday Odd Spot: The leading Alice Springs racehorse Not Abandoned "has gone missing" reported ABC News. Owner Steve Smedley said he believes the gelding "may have escaped last Thursday after a paddock gate was left open at Temple Bar, south of the town". Smedley, who "searched the area using a motorbike & a helicopter", suggested: "The other alternative is that he's just joined up with a group of horses from the Hermannsburg area, so we're just hoping with perseverance we might find him. But we thought in the meantime, if he has wandered back in towards the road & somebody may have seen him, that we might pick him up that way."