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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Wednesday, January 25 2017

Donna Logan has sounded a warning to punters to ignore Romancer’s last visit to Ellerslie.

Romancer Picture:Trish Dunell

She said his seventh placing in the Gr.2 Great Northern Guineas on New Year’s Day was no reflection of the three-year-old’s ability.

“You can just forget that race – they walked in front when he got back and he over-raced and he had absolutely no hope from that position,” said Logan, who trains in partnership with Chris Gibbs at Ruakaka.

Fortunately, he came out of the race in good shape and he’s super well now. He’ll run in the Karaka Mile, and that’s going to be a hot line-up, and then the Avondale Guineas on the way to the Derby.”

Prior to the Great Northern Guineas, Romancer had won his two previous starts, including an impressive performance to claim the Listed Mufhasa Stakes.

He is currently at $21 in the Gr.1 Vodafone New Zealand Derby market with his stablemate Wyndspelle a $15 chance.

Despite not having won a race for nearly 12 months, Logan rates Wyndspelle up with the best of his age group.

“He’s had a lot of bad draws and bad luck,” she said. “He’ll be right in the thick of it when things pan out in his favour.”

Since he won at Te Rapa last February, Wyndspelle has placed at Group One and at Group Two level and in Listed company.

At his latest appearance, the Iffraaj colt finished fifth from a wide gate in the Gr.1 Levin Classic.

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