Ginger­nuts ready for Syd­ney chal­lenge

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - DEN­NIS RYAN

‘‘The Rose­hill Guineas and Aus­tralian Derby are meat and veges to New Zealand's best stay­ing three­year-olds.’’

Fresh from his won­der­ful vic­tory in the $1 mil­lion New Zealand Derby at Eller­slie last week, Ginger­nuts is set to take on Aus­tralia’s best three-year-olds at the Syd­ney au­tumn car­ni­val.

Ginger­nuts was given the green light to cross the Tas­man and was flown to Syd­ney on Monday with co-trainer Jamie Richards. He will be sta­bled with for­mer Mata­mata trainer John Sar­gent at Rand­wick and is sched­uled to have his cam­paign opener in Satur­day’s A$600,000 Rose­hill Guineas.

Opie Bos­son, no stranger to suc­cess in Aus­tralia’s best races, has been booked for the 2000-me­tre race and all go­ing to plan, Ginger­nuts will then be aimed at the A$2 mil­lion ATC Aus­tralian Derby at Rand­wick on April 1.

The Rose­hill Guineas and Aus­tralian Derby are meat and veges to New Zealand’s best stay­ing three-year-olds.

Re­cent ev­i­dence of that in­cludes Volk­stok’n’bar­rell, who fol­lowed his sec­ond plac­ing in the 2015 New Zealand Derby with vic­tory in the Guineas, while Mon­go­lian Khan, the horse that beat Volk­stok’n’bar­rell in the Eller­slie clas­sic, com­pleted a Derby dou­ble at Rand­wick in the hands of Opie Bos­son.

Two im­por­tant fac­tors make Ginger­nuts an ideal can­di­date to add to the Kiwi three-year-olds’ record in Syd­ney. He han­dles a wide range of un­der­foot con­di­tions and un­like many of his con­tem­po­raries, he heads into the Syd­ney car­ni­val off the back of a com­par­a­tively light sum­mer cam­paign.

‘‘He’s a horse that we think is still on the way up, he’s ab­so­lutely thrived since the Derby,’’ says se­nior co-trainer Stephen Autridge.

‘‘The other thing is the way he han­dled that soft track in the Avon­dale Guineas and then came out and won the Derby on good ground.

‘‘With the way the weather has been in Syd­ney, it’s re­as­sur­ing to know he should cop what­ever they serve up over there.’’

Ginger­nuts is likely to be the only Te Akau-trained run­ner in Syd­ney, but plans are well in hand to take a strong team headed by Group One-win­ning colts Hall Of Fame and Heroic Valour to the Queens­land win­ter car­ni­val.


New Zealand Derby win­ner Ginger­nuts kicks off his Syd­ney cam­paign in the Rose­hill Guineas on Satur­day.

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