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Improved Volkstok'n'barrell ready For Doncaster
Ruakaka trainer Donna Logan says she is looking forward to seeing a physically superior version of Volkstok'n'barrell (Tavistock-Volkster, by Volksraad) contest Saturday's Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick. The 4YO Tavistock gelding has bounced back to form this campaign with consecutive Gr1 domestic wins in the WFA Classic and the New Zealand Stakes after a disappointing spring in Melbourne. Logan put Volkstok'n'barrell's spring malaise down to a surprise asthmatic complaint but says the talented galloper has returned better than ever. "He's a far stronger horse. When you see him now there's a hell of a difference. He has really furnished right up," Logan told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "The tests that came back [in the spring] showed he was an asthmatic. But there have been no signs of that since he's been home." She added: "I'm really happy with him. He hasn't done a thing wrong." Furthermore, Logan said she does not envisage the drop back to a mile being a problem for Volkstok'n'barrell on Saturday. "The Doncaster being the race that it is, I think it is run more like a 2000 metre race. It's a real test, so having that 2000 metre race under his belt I think that will be to his benefit," she said. Logan said that Volkstok'n'barrell would have to perform very well on Saturday to justify backing him up in the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) a week later. "He would have to run a slashing race to do that," she said. "If he does we will definitely look at it, but otherwise we will probably just go home and have a look at Brisbane."