Last-start Livamol Classic runner-up Gingernuts has been confirmed to head to Melbourne for a one-hit raid on the Emirates Stakes.
The triple Group One winner was surprisingly beaten by Wait A Sec as the odds-on favourite in the Livamol Classic but has made pleasing progress in the meantime. After a meeting this morning between trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards and syndicate manager David Ellis, the decision was made to book him on a flight to Melbourne on Wednesday.
“He’s come through Hastings in good shape and is ticking all the boxes,” Autridge told www.theinformant.co.nz. “He’ll get there 10 days before the race and that’s the only one he’ll have over there.”
A lot of speculation surrounds the likely makeup of the 2000-metre Emirates Stakes, which has replaced the 1600-metre feature that was traditionally run on the final day of Melbourne Cup week. Winx is unlikely to be there, with trainer Chris Waller describing that as a “40 per cent” chance immediately after the champion mare had completed a hat-trick of Cox Plate wins at Moonee Valley yesterday.
Humidor, who gave Winx a fright before going down by a long neck in the Cox Plate, is headed to the Melbourne Cup, but third placegetter Folkswood has been confirmed for the A$2 million weight-for-age feature.
Whether regular rider Opie Bosson will make the trip has yet to be decided. The Emirates clashes with the first day of the New Zealand Cup carnival, when Te Akau is likely to have three runners in the Al Basti Equiworld New Zealand 2000 Guineas including yesterday’s Trentham winner Embellish and fellow unbeaten three-year-old Te Akau Shark.