Kiwi Group 1 winner Volkstok’N’Barrell has reportedly taken well to his time away from racing, and trainer Donna Logan has revealed the rising four-year-old will likely contest his entire 2015 Spring Carnival campaign in Australia; beginning with the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in late August.
Volkstok’N’Barrell stamped his claims as one to watch through notable black type races in his native New Zealand through the 2014 spring and 2014/15 summer, but undoubtedly found career-best form to date during a hit-and-run mission to Australia; taking out the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) before running third in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m).
Logan revealed the Lord Tavistock gelding has taken huge benefit from his time in the paddock, and revealed the Group 1 Memsie Stakes is likely to figure as his first competitive point of call this time, rather than a previously underlined race in New Zealand.
“He’ll trial before the first race and it’s a very good line up I hear,” Logan told Racing Ahead.
“It will be good for him because he’s definitely going to need it. He’s doing very well in himself I must say; he looks like he’s been on holiday for too long.
“It will tighten him up before we head to either the Memsie or the Mcfee, but we’re leaning towards the Memsie.
“You’d almost think he was a colt again he’s so bully. He’s more a grown-up then he was – he was a young boy when he travelled over the last time but he’s turning into a young man now.
“He feels physically a lot strong and he looks it. He seems a lot more aggressive in himself in his work.”
Volkstok’N’Barrell is a proven performer over 2000m and Logan is confident the conditions of the 2015 Cox Plate (2040m) will suit the gelding to the ground.
“Cox Plate on the 24th of October is our goal but I think he’ll step up on the way through and we should see some good performances out of him,” she added.
Yet to finish outside the first three in ten career starts, Volkstok’N’Barrell closed his maiden campaign with success in the Group 3 Bonecrusher Stakes (1400m) in September last year; returning in summer for consecutive successes in the Group 2 Great Northern Guineas (1600m) and Listed Karaka Mile (1600m) before placing second to Mongolian Khan in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) most notably.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best early odds on all major Spring Carnival races, for which Volkstok’N’Barrell can be taken at a generous quote of $26 in Cox Plate betting markets.