Dunks rivals for victory
‘‘He had won the second of his two starts as a two-yearold and took his record to two wins from five starts ’’
The result was a win with ears pricked as Gingernuts reeled in the Australian-trained Rising Red and hit the line still with plenty to offer.
It was a victory to savour for the large team of owners wearing their tangerine and blue ‘‘G-Nuts’’ caps, and especially so for co- trainer Stephen Autridge.
As a jockey in the same race back in 1981 he had experienced what he still describes as his lowest point in racing when riding the star of that year’s crop, Altitude.
The Bill Ford-trained colt was expected to continue on his winning way, only for tragedy to intervene when he suffered a pulmonary haemorrhage during the day and died soon afterwards.
Now connections are making plans to pit Gingernuts against the best Australia can offer at the Sydney autumn carnival, where he will attempt a transtasman Derby double in the A$2 million Australian Derby.
Gingernuts won the $1 million Vodafone New Zealand Derby at Ellerslie on Saturday.