Group One-bound stablemates impress
Gingernuts and Chance To Dance furthered their preparations for the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) with a spin around their home track on Saturday.
The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained pair galloped between races at Matamata ahead of the rescheduled Hawke’s Bay feature on October 22.
|Gingernuts winning the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) Photo: Trish Dunell Photography|
Last-start Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) winner Gingernuts was partnered by his regular jockey Opie Bosson while Chance To Dance was ridden by Leith Innes, who guided him to success at Pukekohe last month in the Listed Karaka Classic (1600m).
“It would have been a month between runs by the time we get back to Hastings, so they were out for a look around and they both went well,” Richards said.
“Opie was particularly happy with Gingernuts. He attacked the line strongly and Chance To Dance is an older stayer and doesn’t do too much until race day comes around, but we’re certainly pleased with the way both horses are going.
“They will both be stepping up to 2000m for the first time in this campaign and it was a great opportunity to get a bit more work into them than what they would do in the morning, so we’re very pleased and thanks to the club for letting us.”
After the Livamol, for which he is the $2.20 favourite, Gingernuts will head to Australia for the A$1.5 million Gr.1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne spring carnival.
“He’s flying, I gave him a click at the 200m and he just went whoosh,” Bosson said.
Innes was satisfied with the work of Chance To Dance, who he will continue his association with in the Livamol.
“He worked well and was good through the line, but the other horse worked exceptionally,” he said. – NZ Racing Desk.