Racing: In the money and hopes high for more

By Mike Dillon


The best has yet to come.

You can as good as take Donna Logan's word for that.

If you think the Ruakaka trainer is in awe of her unbeaten filly Habibi you're on the money.

"I am so excited," said Logan after Habibi sat three wide and waltzed away with yesterday's $100,000 Stella Artois Great Northern Guineas.

Logan wasn't taking about a runaway win in a group two classic - which would get most owners excited - she's talking about what is still to come.

"She won four from four all up to 1600m and I originally thought she couldn't possibly win a race under 2000m.

"Wait until she gets up to staying distances."

The cynics were quick to point out that Habibi covered close to 2000m by sitting three wide throughout the race.

Vinny Colgan said he hadn't been concerned.

Co-trainer Dean Logan said he and Donna had agonised over whether to run Habibi in the Guineas or the previous race, the $100,000 Eight Carat Classic.

Dean Logan had not been concerned about the Guineas opposition.

"Her work the other morning is the best I've seen from any horse of ours for a long, long time," he said.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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