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Late Derby entry confirmed for Gingernuts
20 Feb 2017

Yesterday’s last-to-first Avondale Guineas winner Gingernuts is set to run in the $1 million Vodafone New Zealand Derby.

Te Akau principal and syndicate manager David Ellis has confirmed a $30,000 late nomination fee will be paid by Tuesday’s noon deadline for the son of Iffraaj. Gingernuts will be one of possibly three horses trained by Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards in line for the March 4 Ellerslie classic.

“We’re going to run Gingernuts in the Derby, where he’ll be ridden by Opie Bosson,” Ellis said. “Our other confirmed runner, Beaumarchais, will be ridden by Michael McNab.”

Ellis said a decision around Waikato Guineas runner-up Shocking Luck, who bypassed the Avondale Guineas due to the slow ground, would be made before the late entry deadline.

“Shocking Luck has been sold to a client of Te Akau Racing in Hong Kong, and a decision on whether he goes to the New Zealand Derby, the Queensland Derby, or straight to Hong Kong will be made within the next 24 hours,” Ellis said today.

Ellis signed for Gingernuts for $42,500 at the 2015 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, one of just two selections made with Richards.

“Hall of Fame has already won a Group One (Levin Classic) and now Gingernuts has won a Group Two, and it’s great to have gone to the sale and ended up with two horses of that quality.”

On the strength of his Avondale Guineas win Gingernuts is the big mover on the TAB’s fixed odds Derby market to now share the third line on $8 with Camino Rocoso. Last week’s Herbie Dyke Stakes runner-up Savile Row has assumed $4.50 favouritism from Sacred Elixir ($5) following the latter’s unplaced performance in the Avondale Guineas.

Dennis Ryan
The Informant