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Gingernuts Confirmed for Livamol
Co-trainer Jamie Richards has confirmed that Gingernuts (Iffraaj-Double Elle, by Generous) will have one more run in New Zealand in the Gr1 Livamol Classic (2000m) before crossing the Tasman for the Caulfield Cup. A winner of last season's New Zealand Derby and Rosehill Guineas, Gingernuts tripled his Gr1 tally when landing the Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings on Saturday. The 4YO will now contest the final leg of the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown series at Hastings on 7 October as his final lead-up to the $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on 21 October. "We are very happy with the horse and he has come through the run very well," Richards told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday. "We sat down and had a bit of a chat on Sunday morning. We thought about coming over for the Turnbull but decided it might be better to keep the horse at home and keep his confidence high by running in the Livamol Classic in two weeks' time." The decision not to have a preparatory run in Australia means Gingernuts will not see Caulfield racecourse until race day, but Richards doesn't think it will be an issue. "I don't think it will worry him. He's done a bit of travelling now. He's a pretty versatile horse," he said. "He's certainly strengthened up. He's quite a bit heavier on the scales. We've just got to make sure that he holds that weight and get him to peak on Caulfield Cup day." Gingernuts also holds an entry in the Melbourne Cup, but Richards said a decision about whether to run in Australia's most famous race will be left until the last minute. "We will just wait and see how he goes," he said. "A mile-and-a-half doesn't appear to be a problem but I guess stepping up to the two miles does present a bit of a question mark, but he's a very relaxed horse…his form will tell us what to do."