Logan James remains in family
Former Southland trainer Ben Gordon is preparing Logan James for the $35,000 Pakuranga Hunt Cup at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Gordon, who trains a small team at Byerley Park in south Auckland, took over training the veteran jumper last Wednesday. His father and sister, Jack and Jo Gordon, of Invercargill, trained Logan James to finish a gallant second in the $60,000 Grand National Steeplechase at Riccarton on August 11.
Cambridge part-owner Graham Falconer transported Logan James back to the Waikato the day after the National. The 11-year-old gelding was freshened for two days before joining Ben Gordon's team.
''He seems good,'' Gordon said of Logan James, who is also eyeing the $100,000 Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie on September 8.
The Gordonian, who raced in Southland, won from Gordon's stable in a maiden 1600m at Pukekohe on August 11. His next start will be in a $20,000 Rating 65 1600m at Ellerslie on Great Northern Day.
Gordon bought a Coats Choice-Kappadios gelding at the South Island Sale in Christchurch this month. The 2-year-old is being prepared for a ready to run sale in November.
Wet tracks in Auckland have prompted the connections of Kidunot to abandon plans to start him in the Great Northern Steeplechase.
Knapdale trainer Ellis Winsloe said it would be costly taking Kidunot to Auckland and having to run him on heavy ground. The chestnut needs reasonable footing to show his best.
He is nominated for the restricted open hurdles at Timaru on Friday. Afterwards, he will be turned out until December.
Winsloe is considering Kidunot for a jumping campaign in Australia next year.
- The Southland Times