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Gingernuts Poised to Claim Derby Double

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Gingernuts (Iffraaj-Double Elle, by Generous) showed he was raring to go for Saturday's Australian Derby with a pleasing track gallop at Randwick yesterday morning, reports theinformant.co.nz. The New Zealand-bred gelding will be shooting for his fifth straight win and his third top-flight success after posting wins in the Gr1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and Gr1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) at his past two outings. "He went with one of Gai's, a High Chaparral that won his last start, and did all that I wanted," said Jamie Richards, who trains the son of Iffraaj in partnership with Stephen Autridge on behalf of Te Akau Racing. "They weren't asked to do a lot, just maintenance work and they appeared to do it well. Gai's clocker had them running their last 600 in around 37.5, which he said was up with the standard for the morning." He added: "Everything's gone to plan, he's come on nicely from his Rosehill Guineas win, so I really couldn't be happier with him heading into the weekend." Gingernuts is the $3.50 favourite with Tab for Saturday's $2 million blue-riband classic, ahead of Inference at $4.40, and fellow Kiwi 3YO Jon Snow at $6 and Anaheim at $8. Gingernuts will be out to emulate Mongolian Khan (2015) and champion Bonecrusher (1986) in claiming the Australian & New Zealand Derby double.

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