Dunks ri­vals for vic­tory

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‘‘He had won the se­cond of his two starts as a two-yearold and took his record to two wins from five starts ’’

2400-me­tre fea­ture.

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.

NZ RAC­ING DESK

Ginger­nuts won the $1 mil­lion Voda­fone New Zealand Derby at Eller­slie on Satur­day.

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