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Change Of Plans for Gingernuts

Monday, 9th October 2017

Plans of running Gingernuts (Iffraaj-Double Elle, by Generous) in Saturday week's $3.15 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) have been aborted following the abandonment of Saturday's Gr1 Livamol Classic at Hastings, reports NZ Racing Desk. The Livamol was intended to be Gingernuts's final preparatory run for the Caulfield Cup on 21 October, but the Te Akau Racing must now switch to Plan B with the top-class galloper. Originally scheduled to fly out to Australia on Wednesday, Gingernuts will now remain in New Zealand before possibly heading to Melbourne to contest the Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival. "By missing a run on Saturday, it means he won't be ready for the Caulfield Cup or the Melbourne Cup after that so we have had to shift to Plan B," Te Akau principal David Ellis said. "We are going to wait and see what decision is taken with rescheduling the Livamol and if it fits in he will remain here to contest the race before heading over to Melbourne to run in the Emirates Stakes." A philosophical Ellis added: "You have to remember he is only a four-year-old and the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups will still be there next year and the year after that so there is plenty of time to accomplish those goals." Gingernuts has been in sparkling form this campaign, adding the Gr1 Windsor Park Plate to his Gr1 victories in the New Zealand Derby and Rosehill Guineas in the autumn.

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