Logan’s jumpers staying close

Ngatira Gold and Aaron Kuru pictured in winning action at Te Aroha early in his jumps career. The pair will be reunited on the same course tomorrow.

Samantha Logan will be staying closer to home with her in-form team for the rest of the jumping season.

The Cambridge trainer had thoughts of heading south to Riccarton next month for the Grand National carnival, but has decided against the venture.

“Everybody I’ve spoken to is going down there with all their good horses so we’ll probably work around that and stay up here,” said the Cambridge trainer.

Logan will have four representatives at Te Aroha tomorrow, including the last-start runners-up Henry Tudor, Ngatira Gold and Zamora while Lacustre has also gone close in recent outings.

Patron Paddy’s Hurdle (3100m) contender Henry Tudor has finished second in each of his last two appearances on the course and will have the benefit of Aaron Kuru in the saddle.

“He’s been working really well and he’s showed he’s competitive at Te Aroha,” said Logan.

Ngatira Gold also has an excellent record on the track where he is a multiple winner and placegetter and he will be Shaun Phelan’s mount in the Knottingly Farm Steeplechase (3500m).

“He’s taken a couple of runs to come up this year, but he’s bounced back now and he definitely loves it there,” said Logan.

Phelan will also take the reins on Lacustre in The Dentist Morrinsville Hurdle (3100m).

“He’s a real Ellerslie type of horse, “ said Logan. “He loves the hill and we’ll just get through this year with him and look at the some of the Ellerslie features next year.”

Logan’s remaining runner is Zamora, who will be ridden by Will Gordon in the Morrinsville Trotting Club Steeplechase (3500m) and he is overdue to break through, having been placed in three of his five attempts over the big fences.

– NZ Racing Desk.