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7th Dec: Snippets: Lisa Allpress, concern for Gingernuts
Published: 06 Dec 2017 - - Author: NZ Racing Desk

Allpress facing lengthy spell away

Injured jockey Lisa Allpress has received news she didn’t want to hear and will be out of action for considerably longer than initially hoped for.

The leading rider suffered severe shoulder injuries in a fall at the Hawera jump-outs in October and progress since has been unfortunately slow.

“I went to the surgeon today and I’m going to be another six weeks in a sling on my right side and I’ll know more about the left side in three months and whether it heals or I’ll need an operation,” Allpress said.

“I definitely won’t be back before March, but I’m positive and there are an awful lot more people worse off than me. It could have been so much worse.”

Lisa Allpress - Image credit, Lawrence Racing

Star galloper Gingernuts suffers setback

Multiple Group One winner Gingernuts has returned to the Werribee University Clinic.

“Despite looking well and outwardly appearing in great shape, the veterinary team overseeing his recovery have become concerned over a possible infection developing as a result of the surgery,” Te Akau said in a statement.

Gingernuts suffered a serious pastern injury when cantering to the start of the Gr.1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington and following surgery he was discharged a week ago to a rehabilitation spelling farm.

“He will remain at the University Clinic until at least the end of the week,” Te Akau said.

Ellerslie feature favoured for Hiflyer

Peter Lock has narrowed down his options for Hiflyer with the favoured path a trip to Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

“Although nothing is set in concrete just yet, at this stage I’m leaning toward the Zabeel Classic. I think he’ll get the 2000m,” the Te Aroha trainer said.

Hiflyer - Image credit, Trish Dunell

Bright future predicted for green 3YO

Trainer Tony Pike believes Merlini will make his mark in better company as his racing manners improve.

The Cambridge trainer produced the I Am Invincible three-year-old to win at his second start in the Ssangyong Maiden (1100m) at Pukekohe on Wednesday.

“He’s always had a lot of natural ability, but he’s still very much a work in progress,” Pike said.

Trainer happy to have missed Guineas

Andrew Campbell is comfortable with his decision to pass up a Group One spring opportunity with his promising three-year-old Athletica.

The Cambridge trainer opted to give the Tavistock colt a rest instead of pressing on to Christchurch for the New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).

“I’m glad, it was the right call,” Campbell said. “It’s a tough, three-day trip that can knock them around too much. He’s come back well from a break and strengthened up.

“He’s nominated for the Derby and first we’ll try to get him to the Karaka Million race.”

Internationally respected Plumptre to guide iconic Cambridge Stud

Vastly-experienced thoroughbred identity Henry Plumptre is to play a leading hand in the future of powerhouse New Zealand nursery Cambridge Stud.

He will assume the role as the farm’s chief executive when new owners Brendan and Jo Lindsay take control in April of next year from Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan.

Henry Plumptre Photo: Bradley Photographers


In a coup for the New Zealand industry, Plumptre boasts a distinguished global career spanning three continents and over 40 years’ experience in bloodstock, stud farms and racing operations.

“To oversee the future success of Cambridge Stud is a once in a lifetime opportunity and is one that I simply could not turn down,” he said.

“The stud stands tall world-wide and to be part of its future is a real privilege. I have always held Cambridge Stud in the highest esteem and Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan’s "passing of the baton" has gone to exactly the right people in Brendan and Jo Lindsay....." said Plumptre.

Speedy colt makes early deposit

A hot start to Nirvana In Fire’s career has the precocious youngster on target for a crack at the country’s richest prize.

The colt carried his trial form over to race day with a tidy front-running performance to bank the $6250 winning purse of Wednesday’s New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Pearl Series Race (1100m) at Pukekohe.

Nirvana In Fire Photo: Kenton Wright Race Images

Nirvana In Fire is eligible for next month’s Karaka Million (1200m) and will have another chance to secure a berth in the race with past years indicating around $10,000 in stakes earnings to be the entry level.

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