More dancing at Ellerslie

Iwannadancelikehim (Sam Spratt) registering his second Ellerslie win last Saturday.

Iwannadancelikehim (Sam Spratt) registering his second Ellerslie win last Saturday when holding out Serious Satire (outside).

Cambridge trainer Sam Logan is marking the Ellerslie meetings off for her stable star Iwannadancelikehim.

The seven-year-old son of Russian Hero has won almost $90,000 since coming into Logan’s small team early last season as a one-race runner-up at Rotorua.

He took his record to four wins and six placings from just 13 starts when scoring courageously over the smart Serious Satire at Ellerslie last Saturday. It was his second win on the Ellerslie track, on which he has also been placed three times.

“He loves Ellerslie so I’ll target there again,” said Logan. “There’s an open 1500 metres there on February 18. He can run in it and we’ll know if he can step up to a mile.”

Iwannadancelikehim has had one start over 1600 metres in the Gr.2 Windsor Park Stud Japan/NZ International Trophy at Tauranga, but that day he struck a heavy10 track and finished unplaced.

“He’s had two goes at black-type and things haven’t worked out,” said Logan. “The other time was when he ran over 1200 (in the Listed Hallmark Stud Handicap) which was too short for him.”

With that Hallmark Stud Handicap run under his belt, Iwannadancelikehim appreciated the step up to 1400 metres last Saturday and did it from the front. Bounced out by Sam Spratt, he disputed the early pace then led and refused to give in when challenged strongly over the final stages, scoring by a head.

“He loves a fight and suits being ridden in front,” said Logan. “He’s only been unplaced three times. He’s so honest.”

As a result of last Saturday’s win, Iwannadancelikehim has been given five rating points, lifting him up to 81 and, though Logan wants to keep him to his grade as much as possible, he might have other ideas and emerge as a Gr.1 Easter Handicap prospect.

Iwannadancelikehim is one of four horses Logan currently has in work, another is the talented jumper Ngatira Gold, who was put aside for a well-earned spell after finishing third behind D’Llaro in last September’s Schweppes Great Northern Hurdles.

“He did a month jogging behind the trotters and he’s come back looking really good – he’s flying,” said Logan. “He’ll race at the first (jumps) meeting at Waikato (May 6).”

As well as his Great Northern placing, Ngatira Gold won over hurdles at Ellerslie and Te Aroha last jumps season and picked up four placings, including a third at Ellerslie behind Nancho Lass, trained by Logan’s partner, Craig Thornton.

Lambrusco, another of Logan’s team, will start at Te Rapa on Sunday in a maiden three-year-old 1600 metres.

A son of Cape Blanco, he has been placed fifth in the last two of his three starts with his most recent performance behind the impressive winner Nymph, who races at Trentham on Saturday.

“He should be a good chance,” said Logan.