Monikers don’t stop win­ners

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

What’s in a name?

Fair ques­tion af­ter the week­end fea­ture race wins by the in­trigu­ingly monikered Mata­mata pair Ginger­nuts and Our King Sway.

In the space of 15 min­utes on Satur­day af­ter­noon Ginger­nuts won the $100,000 Avon­dale Guineas at Eller­slie for Te Akau part­ners Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards and the Glenn Old-trained Our King Sway won the $80,000 Taranaki Cup at New Ply­mouth.

Ginger­nuts tipped New Zealand Derby cal­cu­la­tions on their head when he put up an ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance to win the fi­nal lead-up to next week’s $1 mil­lion clas­sic.

Af­ter blow­ing the start by six lengths he tagged onto the field be­fore his rider Johnathan Parkes took the only op­tion he could.

Hug­ging the rail while oth­ers scouted wide, Ginger­nuts charged through and won by three­quar­ters of a length. It was a huge step up from a win at Te Teko last month, but was enough to con­vince con­nec­tions to pay the $30,000 Derby late en­try fee.

Our King Sway’s Taranaki Cup vic­tory was no­table on a num­ber of fronts. Most of all it com­pleted a cen­tury of wins for his ap­pren­tice jockey, 25-year- old English­woman Anna Jones.

Rid­ing to in­struc­tions, she had the big grey in the rear be­fore set­ting off around the field and ready for a fi­nal bid up the short home straight.

Horse and rider were in for the fight, with a long neck mar­gin to show for it over the line.

Anna couldn’t re­sist a wild salute as she hit the line and to their credit stew­ards let her off with a warn­ing for the early crow to cel­e­brate her mile­stone. So what about those names? It’s easy to ex­plain how Glenn Old, his brother Mark and fel­low owner Vaughan Now­ell came up with Our King Sway, whose most no­tice­able phys­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tic is his sway back.

As for Ginger­nuts, well that one has me stumped – so much so that I’m not even go­ing to spec­u­late.

NZ RAC­ING DESK

Anna Jones cel­e­brates her 100th win on Our King Sway in the Taranaki Cup.

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