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Logan Racing Ruakaka Preview
Racing returns to the winterless north, where the surf meets the turf, again on Saturday and Logan Racing will have 15 runners at Ruakaka. Chris is hoping for another greatly successful day of racing for the stable at our home track with a big team entered. Traditionally, the stable enjoys a raft of success at our local meetings with a large number of exciting, young horses lining up, and we are looking forward to showcasing the stables rising stars. We have five runners looking to break maiden status as well as the return to racing from some of the stables stalwarts.

Saturday 16 June 2018

R2 – No. 7 TAVEZBAC – Michael Coleman
Saturday will see this promising 3YO Tavistock gelding line up in the Marsden Cove Marine Engineering Maiden 1400m ($10,000). A strong performance on debut over 1200m at Ruakaka back on the 16th May saw him closing strongly late for sixth. He has drawn barrier 18 for ‘the King’ Michael Coleman where he carries 58.5kg. Chris has always held TAVEZBAC in high regard and he is very happy with how the horse has been working since his debut, the step up to 1400m will suit, and the experience he gained on debut will aid him in this, however, the barrier is a set-back.   Ran First

TAVEZBAC on debut (16 May):

R2 – No. 12 ALESUND – Sam Weatherley
The second stable runner in the race, the Coats Choice 3YO Filly has had just the one raceday start to date (16 May) here at Ruakaka. With a game third on debut, she is beautifully placed in this race. ALESUND will be partnered again by Sam Weatherley who was aboard for her debut performance. She has come up with barrier three and will carry 55.5kg with the apprentice allowance. ALESUND was impressive in closing strongly late on debut over 1200m, clocking a solid final 600m, the step up to the 1400m on Saturday looks to be the best natural progression for her, Chris expects her to go another bold race to finish close.  Ran Third

ALESUND on debut (16 May):

R3 – No. 4 VIVA LA BURGUNDY – Jonathan Riddell
The aptly named 3YO Burgundy gelding is resuming after a small break between runs, he will start in the Daltons LTD Maiden 1400m ($10,000). He is a horse that has taken time to mature, but has always shown natural ability, highlighted by his third placing in a maiden 1400m behind stable star DANZDANZDANCE back on the 6th January. He goes into the race without a trial and his fitness will improve from having the run, which will benefit him the further we get in to winter with more racing coming up at Ruakaka being as a short-term goal. VIVA LA BURGUNDY has come up with barrier six, where he will carry 58.5kg under rider Jonathan Riddell. Chris is confident that he will enjoy a good run from the draw and will be closing strongly late, and will take improvement from the run to aid his progress through Saturday and further into the future. Ran Fourth

VIVA LA BURGUNDY third behind DANZDANZDANCE (6 January):

R3 – No. 7 SCARFI – Cameron Lammas
The second of 3 stable runners in the Daltons LTD maiden 1400m ($10,000) on Saturday is the talented Makfi 3YO filly, SCARFI, who is second up this campaign. She is a filly that has only had three starts but has managed to put together an impressive record in her short career, with a game 2nd on debut behind the very talented, DEMONETIZATION in October of 2017 and another agonisingly close 2nd last start at Ruakaka on the 16th May. She goes in to the race off the back of a strong fresh up run to finish 2nd over 1200m last time out, where she has taken improvement from that performance. Her work during the week has been superb and with the step up to 1400m on Saturday, the stable is positive she can add another great performance to her growing record. SCARFI will jump from barrier five, with 56.5kg and Cameron Lammas, who has been aboard in all three career runs, on her back. Ran Second

SCARFI second fresh up (16 May):

R3 – No. 13 MARBLES – Sam Weatherley
MARBLES is a very well-bred 3YO Jimmy Choux filly from the family of Logan Racing’s first Group 1 winner ‘Good Faith’. She is the last of the stables representatives in the Daltons LTD maiden 1400m ($10,000). Last start to the races at Ruakaka on the 16th May she was doing her best work late after having to negotiate traffic early in the straight to finish seventh. The run was better than it reads on paper and she is a filly that is definitely capable of winning at the 1400m trip. MARBLES has drawn in barrier two with the country’s reigning champion apprentice, Sam Weatherley, to take the reins. The stable is happy with how she has been progressing since her last start effort and expects to see her flashing home doing her best work late. Ran Seventh

MARBLES fast finishing 7th last start (16 May):
R5 – No. 6 GREENCAST – Sam Weatherley
GREENCAST is the first of the stable stalwarts to run on Saturday, the 5YO Iffraaj gelding is a winner of four races with a further six minor placings to his credit. With two of his wins being at the 1600m distance and three at Ruakaka, the Reyburn & Bryant Bream Bay Cup – Open 1600m ($35,000) on Saturday looks an ideal race for him to kick off his winter campaign in. GREENCAST has a promising fresh up, course and, distance record and comes into the race off the back of a solid trial win over 1200m at Avondale on the 15th May. On Saturday, he will jump from gate nine with Sam Weatherley aboard, carrying 56kg in a nice field, he is a horse that rolls forward and is extremely tough to get past. Taking into account his trial win and the work he has produced lately, GREENCAST should be very competitive in this. Ran First

GREENCAST trial win (15 May):

R5 – No. 9 JAKE THE MUSS – Cameron Lammas
JAKE THE MUSS takes his place in the Reyburn & Bryant Bream Bay Cup – Open 1600m after being given a 6-week gap between races in an attempt to freshen him and bring him back to the 1600m. He is a horse that is likely to target races at Ruakaka through the winter, meaning he will benefit from whatever he does on Saturday to help further the rest of his winter campaign. A winner of two races, both at 1600m, he is a horse that possesses a huge turn-of-foot in his races, highlighted by his latest win at Pukekohe back on the 26th January. Like his stablemate, he hasn’t fared too well at the draw, being given barrier eight of 9 for Saturday’s assignment. He will be partnered on the trip by Cameron Lammas and carry 54kg. The stable will look for him to be getting back and flashing home late. Ran Second

JAKE THE MUSS latest win (26 January):

R6 – No. 7 ROCKABYEBABY – Cameron Lammas
In the Marsden Cove Marina rating 85 1400m ($30,000), the stable lines up two runners, the first being the extremely talented 4YO Rip Van Winkle mare, ROCKABYEBABY. A lightly raced horse with plenty of ability, she has shown this by winning four of her races so far, three of those at the 1400m trip of Saturday’s race and all of those coming at Ruakaka. Unfortunately, she has had more than her fair share of injury hassles to contend with throughout her short career, but on her day, she is nothing short of a top-class mare, highlighted by her hat-trick of wins last campaign, where she beat subsequent stakes performers CHARLES ROAD, SNOW SECRET and, JIAYUGUAN. Saturday will see her return to racing after nine months off the scene, and while she comes in to the race without a trial she boasts an outstanding record in a fresh state. ROCKABYEBABY has barrier eight of 10 to over come on Saturday, with Cameron Lammas aboard at 54.5kg. She has been training superbly, building in to this race and all signs suggest she is more than capable of performing up to her best, and going close to putting this field away. Ran Third

ROCKABYEBABY last win last prep (2nd September):

R6 – No. 8 VINEVALE – Sam Weatherley
Saturday will see the extremely consistent 5YO Flying Spur mare make her debut for the stable. VINEVALE comes to us with three wins and a further eight minor placings to her name. Saturday will be a learning experience for the stable in regards to VINEVALE, but we know she comes to us in great order off the back of a solid third last start (5 May) at Te Rapa. She is a mare that has won over 1200m and performed up to 2100m, so the step back to 1400m from the mile of last start isn’t too much of a concern. Breaking from gate three of 10, Sam Weatherley will be aboard, and she will only have to carry 53kg. What Chris has seen from her in the short time of her being in his care, has impressed him and he feels she isn’t without a chance in this, and he is confident that the further into the Ruakaka meetings we get, the more she can continue to rise through the grades. Ran First

VINEVALE last start 3rd (5 May):

R7 – No. 8 RIKKI TIKKI TAVI – Samantha Collett
RIKKI TIKKI TAVI is a very progressive mare that went from a R62 to a R81 in the space of three and a half months. She races on Saturday after a having a 2-month gap between runs, where she was listed placed last time out. She is a lightly tried 4YO Tavistock mare that has won five times and placed in three of her 13 starts. With four of her wins being at 1200m and two at Ruakaka, it is safe to say her course and distance credentials alone place her near the top of this field, add this to her great fresh-up record and it is hard to see her out of the money on Saturday. She has barrier six of 10 and the country’s leading rider, Samantha Collett aboard at 54kg. A winner on both days of the Auckland Cup carnival, she has the ability to be very competitive in what has come up a strong field for the Clansman Motel Bream Bay Bowl – Open 1200m ($35,000). Ran Third

RIKKI TIKKI TAVI winning Auckland Cup Day:

R8 – No. 13 NOT USUAL HEART – Cameron Lammas
NOT USUAL HEART is the sole stable runner in the Marsden Metals rating 65 1200m ($22,500) on Saturday. The speedy Show A Heart 3YO filly was extremely impressive in clearing maidens in late January has had a small break since her last campaign. She resumed with a second at the trials on the 15th May. She had the speed to hold multiple stakes winner PROM QUEEN out on debut and to win her maiden race by five and a half lengths, however has been given barrier fifteen on Saturday. Cameron Lammas has been given the task of navigating from out there and she will carry 57kg. NOT USUAL HEART has a lot of natural speed but she will find it hard to cross the field from so wide, the stable expects her to go well and she will be better for the run with the aim of more Ruakaka meetings later in the winter. Ran First

NOT USUAL HEART maiden win 24 January):

R9 – No. 13 KYRIE ELEISON – Cameron Lammas
We only have the one runner, KYRIE ELEISON, in the rating 65 1600m ($22,500), however the 4YO mare by O’Reilly has managed to finish in the first 5 on five occasions from her six career starts. With her best performances coming at Ruakaka, the Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan owned mare resumed at Ruakaka over 1200m on the 16th May, a trip far short of her best. Her fitness has improved and the stable expects her to appreciate the rise in trip to the 1600m of Saturday’s assignment. Cameron Lammas will partner KYRIE ELEISON from gate 17 where she will carry 56.5kg. Chris is happy with how she has progressed since her last start performance and is confident she can go much closer on Saturday and will only get better as she continues to race on this campaign. Ran First

KYRIE ELEISON maiden win (17 November):

R10 – No. 3 BEAUFIGHTER – Rebecca Scott
Finally, in the last race we will be represented by three runners. The first of these being BEAUFIGHTER, a 5YO Mastercraftsman gelding out of a mare trained by the stable to place in an Auckland Cup (Tin Goose). He is another ever-so-consistent performer who has only finished further back than fifth on two occasions from 18 outings. Drawn barrier thirteen, the 4kg claim of Rebecca Scott will see him carry only 54kg on Saturday. Although he is resuming over a mile, he has the benefit of a trial outing on the 8th May. Another with a good record in a fresh state, BEAUFIGHTER will appreciate the drop in weight and the stable is confident that he can put in another consistent performance and with the benefit of more racing expect him to be back in the winner’s circle in the near future. Ran Seventh

BEAUFIGHTER latest win (7 November):

R10 – No. 11 I SEE RED – Sam Weatherley
Another runner that is out of a stable trained mare (C’mon Cuba), I SEE RED has had eight starts at Ruakaka for one win, four seconds and a third. The 4YO Redwood mare has an explosive turn-of-foot and cleared maidens at this meeting 12 months ago. Her three runs this prep have been super and the team is very confident that she can go very close in this race, I SEE RED will also appreciate being back on a drier surface. Sam Weatherley takes the ride at 54.5kg, jumping from barrier eleven. Sam and I SEE RED have combined for a win previously, Chris is happy with how she has been working and the step up to 1600m looks timed to suit. Ran Third

I SEE RED clearing maidens (17 June 2017):

R10 – No. 14 ROCETTE LADY – Samantha Collett
The last programmed runner for the stable on Saturday, ROCETTE LADY is a 4YO mare by Roc de Cambes. A winner of two of her career starts, both of those coming at Ruakaka. A mare that has taken time to mature and understand the racing game, the penny finally seems to have dropped for her. Last start she produced a brave front running performance over 1200m at Ruakaka (16 May) to win fresh up. She has been given gate 18 on Saturday where she will carry Samantha Collett at 55kg. The rise in trip to the 1600m should hold no concerns for her, with the main issue being the barrier. Chris is pleased with what she has shown him since her fresh up win, but is reserved about her chances after drawing so wide, however, she is another that will target the winter racing at Ruakaka and we expect to see plenty of her performing well in the coming months. Ran Second

ROCCETTE LADY fresh up win (16 May):


Fantastic Results with 5 winners , 3 seconds, 4 thirds, 1 fourth and 2 sevenths. for $98995 in stakes

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