Gardenia Handicap 2016: NZer Hasselhoof backed to maintain record

There is so much talk about Hasselhoof, even his trainer has almost lost her voice.

But Donna Logan says she is recovering and hopes to be answering questions clearly after the four-year-old wins at Randwick on Saturday.

Hasselhoof has come to Australia with six wins from his six starts in New Zealand, the latest at Group Two level.

By Friday he had been backed in from his opening quote of $3.80 to $2.30 to keep his perfect record intact in the Gardenia Handicap (1600m).

Logan and her fellow owners are using the Sydney experience to test the waters and assess his welfare on his first trip away from home.

So far, so good.

“He travelled better than I expected and is much more settled that I expected,” Logan said.

“He has eaten well and taken everything in his stride.”

Logan said although his unbeaten record was on the line, there was no extra pressure.

“I’m not nervous for him,” she said.

“I’m sure he will be fine and we need to see how he measures up.”

Long-term Hasselhoof’s group of high-profile owners have ambitions that extend to some of Australia’s biggest races and if he performs well on Saturday and again two weeks later in the Parramatta Cup, it could be as early as this autumn.

But Logan would be just as happy to take him home and wait for the spring or the following autumn.

“He’s still learning what it’s all about,” she said.

Even if Hasselhoof has an early end to the autumn, Logan is keen to get Volkstok’n’barrell back to Sydney where he won last year’s Rosehill Guineas.

The four-year-old had a forgettable Melbourne spring carnival and was later diagnosed with a form of asthma.

He showed he had recovered with a stylish second to Turn Me Loose in a barrier trial this week and will run in a Group One race in New Zealand before a decision is made on an Australian campaign.


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