News In Brief
Monday decision on Melbourne
The immediate future of the multiple Group One winner Gingernuts will be confirmed early next week.
“We’ll make up our minds about Australia on Monday,” Te Akau principal David Ellis said.
The topic of discussion will be if Gingernuts heads to Melbourne for a crack at the A$1.5 million Gr.1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on November 11.
Ellis said the Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained four-year-old has pulled up well following his narrow defeat by Wait A Sec in Sunday’s Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings.
“He went a super race and we were really happy with him. It was a month between runs and the other horse (Wait A Sec) got an unbelievable run, but we had no excuses.”
Peters takes racing role
New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has been confirmed as the new Minister for Racing.
He also served in that role from 2005 to 2008, again under a Labour-led government.
The New Zealand First leader is a popular figure within the thoroughbred industry, Cambridge Stud principal Sir Patrick Hogan among his strongest supporters.
3YO to make mark over ground
Hunterville three-year-old Humble Pie has thrived during his time off.
“He’s just come back into work and the two months out has done him the world of good,” said Harry Bull, who trains the son of Sakhee’s Secret with his father Adrian.
Humble Pie has won once over 1200m from three starts and he will be stepped up in trip during his next preparation.
“We think he’ll run the Derby distance, he’s a really relaxed horse,” Bull said.
Encouraging runs from stablemates
Saint Emilion and Mime, fourth and fifth respectively in the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m), have both come through their Hawke’s Bay runs in good heart.
“We were very pleased with both of them,” said Andrew Forsman, who trains the pair with Murray Baker. “Mime will go to the Captain Cook Stakes at Trentham and Saint Emilion will head to the weight-for-age race (OMF Stakes) at Ellerslie on Melbourne Cup day.”
Early end to Wingatui
Safety concerns forced the abandonment of Wednesday’s meeting at Wingatui after an incident leaving the straight in the opening event.
“We all saw the slip in race one and we looked at the area and there was clear evidence of sideways movement and forward movement,” stipendiary steward Mark Davidson said.
“It didn’t give the riders any confidence and, with the safety of all concerned, we had no option but to abandon.”