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Volkstok'n'barrell To Trial Saturday
New Zealand trainer Donna Logan has provided an update on star Kiwi galloper Volkstok'n'barrell (Tavistock-Volkster, by Volksraad) who will step up his spring preparation with a barrier trial at Ruakaka on Saturday. Logan said Volkstok'n'barrell's performance in the trial would determine whether he races first-up in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on 29 August, or remains in New Zealand for the Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Hastings on the same day. "He's doing very well. He'll trial before the first race [at Ruakaka] on Saturday. It will be good for him. He's definitely going to need it, but it will tighten him up a bit before we decide Memsie or Makfi," Logan told RSNs Shane Anderson. "But we're leaning at this stage to the Memsie." Logan said the rising 4YO had returned from a spell a stronger and more mature racehorse. "He's a lot more bullish in himself and his attitude," she said. "You'd almost think he was a colt again." She added: "He seems to be physically a lot stronger and a lot more aggressive in his work so I think we are going to see some good performances from him [in the spring]. He was a young boy when he travelled over last time [to Australia] but he's turning into a young man now." Logan confirmed the Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on 24 October was Volkstok'n'barrell's primary spring target.