Te Akau Carnival Star Thriving
Breednet - Media Release - Thursday, 6 July 2017
Te Akau's surprise three-year-old packet Gingernuts spelled exceptionally well ahead of a spring programme revolving around the Group I Caulfield Cup.

Gingernuts - Trish DunnellThe son of Iffraaj, who emerged from humble form beginnings to a headline act for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, bulked up during his time away from his Matamata stable.

"I don't think I've seen a horse improve as much as he did," Autridge said. "He was battling away at the easier race meetings, Stratford and Te Teko, but as soon as we stepped him up over ground he found his niche and his confidence grew with it.

"He's a horse that won the Avondale Guineas, our Derby and the Rosehill Guineas and wasn't under any stress to win them so we wouldn't know what we've really got next season until we step him up against the best older horses."

Off the back of his heroics this year, Gingernuts thrived during his break.

"He's put on forty-kilos with his spell at Te Akau Stud and since he came back into work in May he's been bouncing around like a two-year-old," Autridge said.

"We're rapt with the way he's going and the way he looks – he has certainly improved."
Autridge said that Gingernuts would more than likely have two trials before racing, the first of them on August 1 at Te Teko.

"We're thinking he could run on the last two days of the Hawke's Bay carnival and then go for the Caulfield Cup, but at the same time we are at the stage of looking through Melbourne programmes and we'll take into account the path that recent Caulfield Cup winners have taken."

Meanwhile, Gingernuts is likely to be joined at the Te Teko trials by his brother Griffin, winner of his only juvenile start.

"He's very strong and we're happy with him," Autridge said. "He will be ready early for the three-year-old races. We haven't decided as yet whether he's a horse we send to Christchurch, or keep him up here." – NZ Racing Desk.

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