Gingernuts’ Cup(s) campaign in disarray

Gingernuts’ Cup(s) campaign in disarray

Gingernuts has had his run towards the Cups massively disrupted, missing his change to run in the Group 1 Livamol Classic (2040m) after the race and meeting at Hastings abandoned due to heavy rain.

The top stayer is now a race short for what was a path aimed at the Caulfield Cup, with the race not likely to go ahead over Sunday or Monday.

Another path towards the Cox Plate and then possibly the Mackinnon Stakes also beckons.

For Melbourne Cup watchers, there’s a slim chance this might actually boost his likelihood to run in the Melbourne Cup, as the Caulfield Cup was his main goal. Connections may need to change tack, with the Melbourne Cup another opportunity – but it’s not clear yet.

“It’s certainly not ideal as it puts us in a very tricky situation with Gingernuts and his Caulfield Cup bid,” trainer Stephen Autridge said to AAP’s NZ Racing Desk.

“At this stage we are booked on a flight to Australia on Wednesday but would be heading over after missing a vital race.

“We’re not sure if they are going to re-run the race but if it wasn’t tomorrow or Monday then it’s not an option for him.

“It would also mean he would have to travel to Australia, race on the Saturday and then back up seven days later for the Cup.

“It’s not something we’ve done with him before and I just don’t know if it is a viable option.

“All we can do is sit down with (Te Akau principal) David Ellis and the owners and work out what our options are once we know what the future of the Livamol Classic is, so hopefully we will have a plan in place in the next 24 hours.”

Update: He’s been ruled out of a Cups campaign now, and should run in the Livamol and then the Emirates Stakes on the last day of the carnival.

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