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Ride of a Lifetime For Team Gingernuts

Friday, 17th March 2017

Another chapter will be added to a remarkable story when New Zealand Derby winner Gingernuts (Iffraaj-Double Elle, by Generous) tackles the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas in Sydney tomorrow, reports NZ racing Desk. One of the lingering images from his Derby victory earlier this month was the massive support team invading the Ellerslie birdcage, resplendent in their orange "G Nuts" caps, as their pride and joy returned to the winners enclosure. Among the 42-strong ownership group was Blair Alexander, one of the prime movers in assembling the Te Akau Gingernuts Syndicate. "It's just amazing and really quite special," enthused Alexander. The Gingernuts story started in late November 2015 when Blair got a call from Te Akau Racing boss David Ellis. "David rang and said he had bought a horse at the Ready To Run Sale at Karaka which might be a good one to get a bunch of people together to race and was I interested," he explained. "When he told me he paid $42,500 for him I thought that would be a great way for a whole bunch of new people to get involved at an affordable level." It is now onwards and upwards for the team as they look forward to Saturday's Rosehill Guineas. "I'm heading across to Rosehill with another couple of people from the syndicate but I think most of the rest will be gathering somewhere around a television to cheer him on," said Alexander. "With the rain about in Sydney we think he should be well suited this weekend so there is a degree of confidence. You just don't know how he will measure up to the good Aussie three-year-olds so the nerves are there however he is fit and well and ready to go."

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