2015 Melbourne Cup Still an Option for Hasselhoof

July 28th, 2015

Donna Logan has been thrilled with the results posted by Hasselhoof through his short but impressive racing career so far, and has revealed a trip to Australian to contest the 2015 Melbourne Cup (3200m) remains on the cards for the rising four-year-old, albeit unlikely.

Donna Logan has experienced notable success in Australia via Rising Romance (pictured) in recent seasons. Photo: Steve Hart

Donna Logan has experienced notable success in Australia via Rising Romance (pictured) in recent seasons. Photo: Steve Hart

Hasselhoof charged home to win two talent-rich barrier trials at Avondale and Ellerslie prior to making his racing debut this year, but has since more than stamped his claims as one to watch in winning both of his competitive starts to date; including an incredible eleven length win in the Rob Harte Lawyer BM65 (1600m) last time out on June 27th.

Logan is confident the rising four-year-old’s most recent effort points towards him being a genuine stayer, but remains wary of throwing the lightly-raced gelding into the deep end during the 2015 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“We’re contemplating bringing Hasselhoof who is a young horse we have here, who is another Tavistock,” Logan said.

“I think he’s potentially a Melbourne Cup horse but he’s only had two starts here for two wins I think to this point.

“I’m just wondering if it might be better off to teach him a little bit more on the basics back home before we venture over with him this campaign anyway.”

Hasselhoof jumped from the gates only fairly in his racing debut at Ruakaka on June 13th, and while forced to settle towards the rear of the field of fourteen, produced a monumental turn of foot to hit the line close to two lengths in the clear of closest rival Silencer.

Far more convincing from the gates in his most recent effort, the gelding out of Alpine was immediately led to the fore of the field and never appeared in doubt, opening a huge gap and savaging the line.

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