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Confidence High in Gingernuts Camp
Multiple Group One winner Gingernuts is at the top of his game heading into tomorrow's Gr1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings, according to his trainer, reports NZ Racing Desk. A winner of the New Zealand Derby and Rosehill Guineas in the autumn, Gingernuts added to his list of accomplishments when powering home from the rear of the field to win the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) last start. The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained 4YO gelding will use tomorrow's final leg of the Hawke's Bay Triple Crown series as his final preparatory run for the $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne on 21 October. "He's never been better. He's at the top of his game," Autridge said. Even the outside draw [barrier 17] hasn't dampened Autridge's confidence. "I'm happier that he's drawn out there than one, two or three," he said. "From out there he can get back beyond midfield and even if he drops out to last I won't be worried. Opie [Bosson] can go round them whenever he wants and not be dictated to as he would be if he'd drawn in." The Melbourne Cup is also on the radar for Gingernuts, but Autridge points out it is not the priority. "The Caulfield Cup has always been the number one aim and we'll make our minds up after that about the Melbourne Cup," he said. Gingernuts is scheduled to fly to Melbourne next Wednesday.