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Tosen Stardom wins drama filled Emirates Stakes - Gingernuts set for surgery

Jackson Oldham in Latest News 12 Nov 2017
  • Gingernuts suffers an injury on the way to the barriers
  • He will have surgery on Monday 
  • Tosen Stardom wins the 2017 Emirates Stakes
Tosen Stardom ridden by Damian Lane wins the Emirates Stakes

With Winx winning her third consecutive Cox Plate, An epic Melbourne Cup and a Gai Waterhouse victory in the Oaks, the 2017 Flemington Carnival was coming to a close and after Redzel took out the Darley Classic, only one Group One remained. 

With horses moving out onto the track for the Group One Emirates Stakes, I moved my way through the crowd and up into the stands for a vantage point of the last Group One in the Carnival. I arrived in my seat early enough to see Gingernuts canter past the winning post towards the barriers, before slowing and stopping. Jockey Mick Dee jumped off the horse and vets got there almost immediately. 

What followed was a strange five minutes as the restless crowd of over 65,000 wondered what had happened to the Kiwi horse as did caller Matt Hill, whose narrative came over the loudspeaker. Vets bandaged the near foreleg, before loading and taking him off the track. 

The drama wasn’t finished there. Part-owner of Gingernuts suffered what was a suspected heart attack just minutes later.  It was later confirmed as a fainting episode what what Health Commander of Ambulance Victoria John Byrne said “Was from what we assume was the shock of the horse being scratched.”

Despite missing the start and not finding clear galloping room early in the straight, the Japanese import Tosen Stardom found a gap and exploded away just as it looked like Happy Clapper might fly home and steal it. It’s been a very successful spring for both D.K. Weir and Tosen Stardom, taking out the Group One Toorak Handicap and now the Emirates Stakes. 

Darren Weir spoke post-race, saying although he always knew the horse has incredible ability, he wasn’t sure the horse would ever produce it on race day after his injuries last year.

‘’That was the real Tosen Stardom today,’’ he said. ‘’That’s the sort of ability we knew he had and thankfully we’ve been able to see it today.’

It was a bit of a head-scratcher to tell you the truth and I was a bit worried because nothing seems to go right with this horse but backing-up and stepping up to 2000 metres was just perfect for him.’’

Happy Clapper ran a terrific second, finding one with a sharper turn of foot, while It’s Somewhat was also a great run in third. The favourite Folkswood got no luck from the draw and was parked three-wide for the entire 2000m. It looked like he was going to drop out at the top of the straight but regained his momentum to finish a close-up fifth. 

News came out approximately two hours later from the Racing Victoria Stewards. The condition of Gingernuts is luckily non-life threatening and he will have surgery on Monday. 


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Tosen Stardom wins drama filled Emirates Stakes - Gingernuts set for surgery

Gingernuts suffers an injury on the way to the barriers for the 2017 Emirates Stakes. Tosen Stardom wins an action-packed running of the feature race while Gingernuts' injury was assessed as non-life threatening and he will have surgery on Monday.

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