GINGER­NUTS BACK HOME AND HAPPY

The Sportsman Weekend - - Karaka 2019 -

FOR all his suc­cess, Group 1 wins in­clud­ing, there was no bet­ter day for David El­lis than when his dearly beloved Ginger­nuts stepped off the float safe and sound at Te Akau HQ ready to take up a new role. El­lis was still cel­e­brat­ing Te Akau’s sixth NZ 2000 Guineas win track­side at Ric­car­ton when a seem­ingly in­nocu­ous mis­step by Ginger­nuts on his way down the gates prior to the Emi­rates Stakes led not only his scratch­ing from the Group 1 but quickly be­came life threat­en­ing. Thank­fully, the ex­pert care and at­ten­tion given to horse, es­pe­cially at the Wer­ribee Univer­sity Clinic, de­liv­ered a happy home­com­ing to re­lieved and grate­ful El­lis, al­beit a lot ear­lier than any­one would ex­pected. ‘’It was a dread­ful end to a Group 1 day in New Zealand. My wife Karyn was at Flem­ing­ton sup­port­ing Ginger­nuts, our team and his own­ers and ev­ery­one were stricken with grief at what un­folded. “The good news is that “Jerry”, as he is known, is hav­ing a life of plea­sure of the farm,’’ El­lis re­ported.

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