Cup blow for Kiwi
GINGERNUTS is now in doubt for the Caulfield Cup after rain at Hastings caused the Livamol Classic race day to be called off midway through the program.
The biggest meeting on New Zealand’s spring racing calendar was abandoned after five races yesterday when the track was drenched after starting the day in the good range.
Hawkes Bay Racing Incorporated and New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing will now hold discussions about the immediate future for the remaining five races including the Group 1 Livamol Classic for which the Rosehill Guineas winner was favourite.
If the meeting cannot be run in the next couple of days, Gingernuts could contest the Cox Plate on October 28, a week after the Caulfield Cup.
Safety concerns were raised after the Hawkes Bay Guineas when runner-up Bostonian slipped when he was pulling up.
“The film footage clearly showed that Bostonian slipped quite badly when pulling up so the riders had concern about that part of the track,” chief steward John Oatham said.