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Gingernuts Suffers Injury – Scans Ordered For NZ Horse

Steve Bennett in Latest News 12 Nov 2017
  • Gingernuts injured, racing future to be determined this week
Gingernuts suffers injury before The Emirates

The racing future of Gingernuts won’t be known until results from scans are received.

 The run of bad luck recently experienced by Gingernuts continued on the way to the barriers on Saturday as he prepared to take his place as a strong second favourite for the Group One Emirates Stakes.

 On the way to the starting gates he suffered a leg injury which led to him being scratched from the race. The race was delayed while the horse was inspected by the track vet and a horse float was sent out to transport the four-year-old off the track.

The verdict on his injury wasn’t good although not life threatening. He has fractured a near front pastern and will undergo scans early this week to determine the extent of the injury.

 This all came after he experienced a very disruptive Spring Carnival preparation. His lead-up to the Caulfield Cup was to be the Group One Livamol Classic however the meeting was washed-out.

 The Livamol itself was run two weeks later (where Gingernuts finished a close second) however it fell too close to Caulfield Cup day and the gelding’s Spring Carnival plans had to be changed.

 The re-scheduling of the Livamol saw connections direct a new path for him which was a start in The Emirates Stakes.

 With all this happening, the bad luck didn’t stop with the horse. Jockey Michael Dee has had a similar run in his Spring Carnival as well.

 The young jockey had the rug pulled out from under him after being named as the rider for Caulfield Cup starter Amelie’s Star.

 Still excited over landing his first Cup ride, an injured Admire Deus saw his rider Craig Williams freed up and Dee was replaced by Williams.

 Then luck ‘seemed’ to have changed for him when leading jockey Hugh Bowman was suspended last week leaving Gingernuts without a rider. After spending some of his apprenticeship with the Te Akau stable, he was selected as the replacement rider for Bowman.

 Then, as luck would have it, halfway to the barriers Dee noticed the horse was limping considerably. To his credit, he dismounted quickly and signalled for assistance.

 Co-Trainer of Gingernuts, Jamie Richards watched it all unfold from New Zealand where he had engagements at Riccarton.

 “We were like everyone else at that stage in that we didn’t really know what had happened and all we could see was the horse with people milling around him” he told NZ Racing Desk.

 “The reports on Sunday have been quite positive and once we get the scan results we will know whether or not he will be able to make it back to the track”.

 

 

 

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