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Logan Excited Ahead of Hasselhoof's Australian Debut
Ruakaka trainer Donna Logan says the excitement is mounting ahead of the Australian debut of boom Kiwi galloper Hasselhoof (Tavistock-Alpine, by Zabeel) this weekend. The exciting Tavistock gelding, who is unbeaten in six starts including a last-start win in the Gr2 Rich Hill Mile at Ellerslie, will run in the Gardenia Handicap over a mile at Randwick on Saturday as a lead-up to the Listed Parramatta Cup (1900m) at Rosehill on 20 February. Logan says the cleverly named horse has not only started to develop a cult following in his native New Zealand, but that word of his racetrack feats has also spread across the globe even reaching the ears of his famous namesake - Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff. "It's amazing...the horse has his own Twitter account and Mr Hasselhoff [actor David Hasselhoff] himself has contacted the syndicate and is quite keen to take a share in the horse and come down and watch him race...it's mind blowing the interest in the horse," co-trainer Donna Logan told Radio Sport National yesterday. Logan, who prepares Hasselhoof in partnership with Chris Gibbs, says one of the reasons for bringing the 4YO to Australia is to find out just how good he is. "It's quite scary," she said. "He's still quite dumb. He's still learning so it's incredible to see what he has achieved so far, especially in that Group Two field last start. That was the real acid test for him but he measured up so who knows what potential he has...it's pretty exciting." She added: "Bringing him to Australia will obviously mean he will be competing against a better class of horse and we are hoping that that will teach him a bit more." As for his prospects on Saturday, Logan seems quietly confident. "I couldn't be happier with him," she said. "You can never be too confident when they have six wins next to their name because he's going to get beaten at some stage, but the horse is well and I'm excited to see what he can do."