Gingernuts Takes Another Guineas to NZ


Gingernuts | Racing and Sports

Last-out G1 New Zealand Derby winner Gingernuts on Saturday continued the dominance of Kiwi-breds in the G1 Rosehill Guineas, and they have now won eight of the past nine renewals. Gingernuts was the lone hope for New Zealanders in this year’s lineup and he did not disappoint making his Australian debut. Breaking last while encountering a heavy track for the first time, Gingernuts–well visible out in the Rosehill rain in his bright orange silks–made up some ground to sit third last and about seven lengths off the pace in the early stages. Gingernuts began to circle runners out wide when pressed by rider Opie Bosson passing the 800 metre mark, and the chestnut was rolling out in the middle of the track as the field swung into the straight. The front-running Land of Plenty attempted to steal away with the race while hugging the rail, but Gingernuts quickly laid that plan to rest, charging down the middle of the course while the favoured last-out G1 Randwick Guineas victor Inference chased him home in second.

Still relatively lightly raced for Te Akau Racing and trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, Gingernuts broke his maiden in his second of two juvenile outings at Hastings last May. He gained a second win second-up this campaign when stretched out to a mile at Te Teko on Jan. 30, and added the G2 Avondale Guineas when upped to 2100 metres, and the New Zealand Derby over 2400 metres.

“This is huge,” co-trainer Jamie Richards told post-race. “It was a great effort. It has been a long day waiting for this and watching Winx. We bought the horse at the Ready To Run Sales and we syndicated him amongst some clients of ours and they are having a whirlwind ride. It’s great for the industry when horses like this step up and it looks like he’s going to be hard to beat in two weeks’ time.”

That assignment in two weeks will be the G1 Australian Derby. Gingernuts would have be supplemented at a cost of A$44,000.

Pedigree Notes…

Gingernuts is the second Group 1 winner in Australia for Darley shuttler Iffraaj, following Emirates S. and Futurity S. winner Turn Me Loose (NZ). Gingernuts is the fourth foal out of his dam, who has a 3-year-old full-brother to the winner named Griffin (NZ) who has not yet raced. Double Elle produced a Jakkalberry (Ire) filly last year. Gingernuts has just one other Group 1 winner under his first three dams: the G1 Western Australian Oaks victress Trappings (Grosvenor {NZ}). Click for the free catalogue-style pedigree.

Saturday, Rosehill, Australia
ROSEHILL GUINEAS-G1, A$607,000, ATC, 3-18, 3yo, Open Set Weight, 2000mT, 2:11.46, Heavy.
1–GINGERNUTS (NZ) , 56.5, g, 3, by Iffraaj (GB)
1st Dam: Double Elle (NZ), by Generous (IRE)
2nd Dam: Timberland Lass (NZ), by Oregon (USA)
3rd Dam: Windrift (NZ), by Sir Tristram (IRE)
(NZ$5,000 Wlg 2014 NZB National Weanling, Broodmare &
Mixed Sale; NZ$42,500 2YO 2015 NZB Ready to Run Sale) O-Te
Akau Gingernuts (Mgr: D C Ellis); B-Goodwood Stud Ltd,
Central, NZ; T-S Autridge & J Richards; J-O P Bosson;
A$355,000. Lifetime Record: G1SW-NZ, 8-5-1-0, A$984,508.
Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the
eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Inference, 56.5, c, 3, So You Think (NZ)–Pontiana, by
Redoute’s Choice. O-L P Maxsted, P C Maxsted, G P I Racing
Syndicate (Mgr: G P Ingham), S J Tuxen, Ms K N Cooper, P K
And Mrs C Allen & G J Hayes; B-Mr GP Ingham NSW; T-M, W &
J Hawkes; J-Tommy Berry; A$114,000.
3–So Si Bon, 56.5, c, 3, So You Think (NZ)–Black Minx (NZ), by
Lonhro. (A$250,000 Ylg 2015 WI Sydney Easter Yearling Sale)
O-H Petrie, Mr J Stamatis, Mrs N Stamatis, Mrs L M McKenna,
A J Tingiri, N J Polglaze, Mrs A N Polglaze, P S Zeccola, M Curry,
Mrs M A Wilson, J Wilson & Mrs J Daffey; B-Morning Rise Stud
VIC; T-R E Laing; J-K Mc Evoy; A$60,000.
Margins: 2.3 len, 2.4 len, 4.3 len. Odds: 5.50, 2.00, 19.00.
Also Ran: Anaheim, Harper’s Choice, Impavido, Hollywood Mo, Comin’ Through, Sizzling Bullet, Prized Icon, Land of Plenty, Seaburge.
Click for the Racing Post result. VIDEO.

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