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 New Zealand Gallops News 
Friday, March 10 2017

Gingernuts will be given the opportunity to double his classic tally with Australian plans now locked in.

Gingernuts - Trish Dunell

The Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards-trained Gr.1 New Zealand Derby winner will make two appearances in Sydney with stable jockey Opie Bosson to ride the son of Iffraaj.

"Gingernuts has absolutely thrived since the Derby and Stephen and Jamie think he has improved," Te Akau principal David Ellis said.

"He'll be going on Monday and he'll run in the Rosehill Guineas and then the Australian Derby. Jamie, who rides him in most of his work, will take him over."

Gingernuts will return home for a break after his Sydney venture with an eye on the Melbourne spring carnival.

"He definitely won't be going to Brisbane. Shocking Luck, who ran second in the Waikato Guineas, will be our Queensland Derby horse," Ellis said.

"He's back after a two week break and he's now owned by a good client of Te Akau's in Hong Kong. The horse will go up there after Queensland to continue his career."

Shocking Luck will be accompanied to Brisbane by fellow three-year-olds and Group One-winning colts Hall Of Fame and Heroic Valour, whose programmes have yet to be set in stone.

"Waikato Stud have taken a small involvement in Hall Of Fame and we're all obviously keen to get some Australian black type," Ellis said.

"Heroic Valour is by Fastnet Rock and his first two-year-old Group One winner – he's very much sought after by Australian studs."

Also in the Queensland-bound party will be the last-start Gr.3 Darley Plate winner Splurge.

"We think that he can be a Stradbroke horse and Zambezi Warrior will be going over as well," Ellis said.

"Opie has been really impressed by him and we'd like to have a crack at races like the Brisbane Cup."

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