Gingernuts Continues New Zealand's Domination Of Rosehill Guineas
Mark Smith - Saturday, 18 March 2017

After underpinning the Karaka Yearling sale for many years, few could begrudge Te Akau Racing's David Ellis a Group I victory in Australia with the Iffraaj (GB) gelding Gingernuts in Saturday's $600,000 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas (2000m).

It was the fourth consecutive win for Gingernuts who was coming off a victory in the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m).

Ridden by Opie Bosson for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, Gingernuts was well back early but was set to an all-out drive by Bosson well before the home turn.

Despite making a long run, the son of Iffraaj (GB) showed no signs of weakening, keeping up a relentless gallop on a bottomless track to hold the challenge of favourite Inference (So You Think) by two and a quarter lengths with a short-half-head to Robbie Laing's So Si Bon (So You Think) back in third. (photos Steve Hart). 

New Zealand- breds have won eight of the past nine runnings of the Rosehill Guineas, the most recent being the Tavistock colt Tarzino.

By Te Akau Racing's standards, Gingernuts was a bargain basement $42,500 purchase at the 2015 NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs.

"This is huge," Richards said. "It was a great effort.

"It has been a long day waiting for this and watching Winx.

"We bought the horse at the Ready To Run Sales and we syndicated him amongst some clients of ours and they are having a whirlwind ride.

"It's great for the industry when horses like this step up and it looks like he's going to be hard to beat in two weeks' time.

Connections would need to pay a $44,000 late entry fee to book Gingernuts a place in the $2 million Australian Derby but Opie Bossom believes the classic is well within the gelding reach.

"He jumped slow and got a bit of a squeeze but he got into a nice rhythm throughout the race and I knew I had a fit horse under me," Bosson said.

"He had his ears pricked all the way up the straight and he was gawking and looking around, I was just trying to keep his mind on the job.

"That was a huge win."

Gingernuts is the fourth foal and second winner out of the 4-time winner Double Elle, a daughter of the Epsom Derby winner Generous from the family of the NZ oaks winner Devante the dam of WA Oaks winner Leggings. 

Race 6 - Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas
Group 1 - 2000m

Class: Open. Track: Heavy(10). Time: 2:11.46. Sectional Time: 0:39.44 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $600,000 - 1st: $348,000 2nd: $114,000 3rd: $60,000.
 1   Gingernuts (NZ) T: S Autridge and J Richards J: O P Bosson
3g   Iffraaj (GB) x Double Elle (NZ) (Generous (IRE) )
Not Offered
 2 2.3 Inference T: M, W and J Hawkes J: Tommy Berry

3c   So You Think (NZ) x Pontiana (Redoute's Choice )
Not Offered
 3 2.4 So Si Bon T: R E Laing J: K McEvoy

3c   So You Think (NZ) x Black Minx (NZ) (Lonhro )
Not Offered
 4 4.3 Anaheim T: T Busuttin and N Young J: J Bowman
3c   Fastnet Rock x Asmahan (Zabeel (NZ) )
 5 4.4 Harper's Choice T: G A Ryan J: B Avdulla
3c   Street Cry (IRE) x Oxigenada (ARG) (Ibero (ARG) )
 6 5.9 Impavido T: Bjorn Baker J: J Lloyd
3g   High Chaparral (IRE) x Assertion (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ) )
 7 9.0 Hollywood Mo T: P M Perry J: B Melham
3c   Uncle Mo (USA) x Coral Reef (Galileo (IRE) )
 8 10.5 Comin' Through T: C J Waller J: Craig Williams
3c   Fastnet Rock x Mica's Pride (Bite The Bullet (USA) )
 9 16.9 Sizzling Bullet T: C J Waller J: Ryan Moore
3c   Snitzel x Hollow Bullet (Tayasu Tsuyoshi (JPN) )
 10 17.0 Prized Icon T: James Cummings J: G Schofield
3c   More Than Ready (USA) x Tropical Affair (Danehill (USA) )
 11 36.2 Land Of Plenty T: G M Begg J: S W Arnold
3c   Stratum x Dancing (GB) (Spectrum (IRE) )
 12 38.9 Seaburge T: D and B Hayes and T Dabernig J: B Shinn
3c   Sebring x Polska (Encosta De Lago )
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