By Brad Gray
It was the New Zealand staying blood to the fore yet again with Gingernuts proving too strong for his rivals in the Group One Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
The NZ Derby winner was tiring on the line having chased down tearaway leader Harper’s Choice but still held a comprehensive two length margin from Inference and So Si Bon.
Gingernuts simply outstayed his rivals
“This is huge. It was a great effort. It has been a long day waiting for this and watching Winx,” said co-trainer Jamie Richards who trains in partnerships with Steve Autridge.
“His last gallop at Matamata before he came over was on a similar track to this and he handled it well. Obviously race pressure is a different thing but he seems to go well on everything.
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“It looks like he is going to be hard to beat in two weeks’ time.”
Kiwi hoop Opie Bosson settled Gingernuts back in the field before making his run from the 800m.
“He jumped slow and got a bit of a squeeze but he got into a nice rhythm throughout the race and I knew I had a fit horse under me,” said Bosson.
“He had his ears pricked all the way up the straight and he was gawking and looking around, I was just trying to keep his mind on the job.”
Tommy Berry said race favourite Inference was “a beaten horse at the 1000m” but still kept finding the line to run second.
“It shows how gutsy he is. The other day he was on the outside part of the track which wasn’t a really heavy track whereas today he struggled in the conditions,” said Berry.
Just through tenacity and toughness he found the line. He was not entitled to do what he did today.”