Gingernuts wins 2017 Rosehill Guineas

March 18th, 2017

Trainer Jamie Richards will pay a late entry fee for the Australian Derby for Gingernuts after the Kiwi three year old scored a comprehensive win on the heavy track in the Group 1 $600,000 Sky Racing Rosehill Guineas (2000m) at Rosehill today.

Gingernuts, above, scores a comfortable win in the Rosehill Guineas. Photo by Steve Hart.

Gingernuts, above, scores a comfortable win in the Rosehill Guineas. Photo by Steve Hart.

Richards who trained in partnership with Stephen Autridge at Matamata in New Zealand said that the owners will now pay the $44,000 late entry fee to run in the Group 1 $2m BMW Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick on April 1, day one of ‘The Championships’.

“He is going to be hard to beat in two weeks time”, Richards said.

“It was a great effort. I am really pleased for the team at home.”

Richards said that he had no worries that Gingernuts would handle the very heavy track conditions today after galloping on a similar surface at Matamata last week.

“His last gallop at Matamata before we came over last Saturday morning was on a track similar to this and he got through it really well but obviously race pressure is a lot different.”

“He just seems to go in anything and since we stepped him up to 2000m he has really come right.”

Winning jockey Opie Bosson settled Gingernuts ($6.50) near the tail of the field before making his move at the 800m when he started to circle the field.

Bosson kept Gingernuts balanced in the middle of the track and he went on to record a two and a quarter lengths win over Randwick Guineas winner Inference ($3 favourite) with So Si Bon ($20) a nose away in third position.

Bosson said that he is looking forward to riding Gingernuts in the Australian Derby on the back of today’s win.

“It was an ideal run as long as the heavy track hasn’t taken too much out of him,” Bosson said.

2017 Rosehill Guineas Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 GINGERNUTS (NZ) Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 4 56.5kg $6.50
2 4 INFERENCE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2.3L 3 56.5kg $3F
3 7 SO SI BON Robbie Laing Kerrin McEvoy 2.4L 9 56.5kg $20
4 6 ANAHEIM Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Hugh Bowman 4.3L 12 56.5kg $10
5 11 HARPER’S CHOICE Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 4.4L 11 56.5kg $26
6 9 IMPAVIDO Bjorn Baker Jeff Lloyd 5.9L 7 56.5kg $12
7 12 HOLLYWOOD MO Paul Perry Ben Melham 9L 1 56.5kg $101
8 5 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Craig Williams 10.5L 6 56.5kg $8.50
9 8 SIZZLING BULLET Chris Waller Ryan Moore 16.9L 5 56.5kg $18
10 1 PRIZED ICON James Cummings Glyn Schofield 17L 8 56.5kg $10
11 10 LAND OF PLENTY Grahame Begg Steven Arnold 36.2L 2 56.5kg $21
12 3 SEABURGE David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 38.9L 10 56.5kg $14