Gingernuts Comes Through Surgery

By Daithi Harvey

The New Zealand star Gingernuts (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}) has come through surgery on a pastern fracture and connections are hopeful the triple group 1 winner will make a full recovery. Gingernuts was favourite for the G1 Emirates S. at Flemington on Saturday but injured himself on the way to the start and was subsequently withdrawn from the race. His injury was even more serious than originally feared and required four screws to be inserted in his near foreleg, a procedure which was carried out at the Werribee Veterinary Clinic. “The leg was scanned on Monday and Gingernuts had the surgery within hours,” explained David Ellis of owners Te Akau Racing. “The fracture was worse than we had hoped for and he was operated on at the Werribee Vet Clinic. The operation went very well with four screws put into the pastern,” Ellis told NZ Racing Desk.

Gingernuts shot to prominence for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards when winning the G1 Rosehill Guineas in March having won the G1 New Zealand Derby two weeks earlier and he added to his top level tally when claiming the G1 Windsor Park Plate at Hastings in September before being touched off in the rescheduled G1 Livamol Classic at the same track in October. Recuperation is now on the agenda for the gelding as Ellis added, “Gingernuts will spend the next week at the clinic and the following month at a nearby property. After that he’ll come home to Te Akau for a good, long spell. He’s got a beautiful temperament. He’s a lovely, kind horse and he’ll be a very good patient.”

 

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