2017 New Zealand Derby

The 2017 New Zealand Derby was a horse race which took place at Ellerslie Racecourse on Saturday 4 March 2017. It was the 142nd running of the New Zealand Derby, and it was won by Gingernuts.[1]

Sold for $5,000 as a weanling and $42,500 as a two-year-old,[2] Gingernuts made a low-key start to his career with two wins in his first five starts – mostly in minor midweek company.[3]

The son of Iffraaj was not even nominated for the Derby until 21 February.[4] But everything changed in the Avondale Guineas, a Group Two race two weeks before the Derby. Gingernuts was a 26-to-one longshot in the $100,000 race and dropped back to a distant last after breaking slowly from the starting gate, but he produced a remarkable finishing burst to win by a length and a quarter.[5]

The Guineas win earned Gingernuts second-favouritism in the Derby, in which he again produced a formidable finish down the home straight to beat the Australian-trained Rising Red by a length. The win sparked huge celebrations among an ownership syndicate of more than 30 people, most wearing matching orange 'G-Nuts' caps.[6]

It was the first New Zealand Derby win for leading New Zealand syndicators Te Akau Racing, as well as for trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards. Autridge was the favourite to win the race as a jockey in 1981 aboard the undefeated Altitude, who suffered a catastrophic and fatal haemorrhage.[1]

It was the second Derby win for champion jockey Opie Bosson, who won the race in 2015 aboard Mongolian Khan.

Race detailsEdit

  • Sponsor: Vodafone New Zealand
  • Prize money: NZ$1,000,000
  • Track: Good
  • Number of runners: 18
  • Winner's time: 2:28.27

Full resultEdit

Margin Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Gingernuts Opie Bosson Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards $5.40
2 1 Rising Red Mick Dee Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young $17.50
3 Jon Snow Matt Cameron Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman $29.50
4 ½ Beaumarchais Michael McNab Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards $88.70
5 Nose Sacred Elixir Leith Innes Tony Pike $5.50
6 Charles Road Craig Grylls Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott $14.90
7 Camino Rocoso Jason Waddell Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman $13.60
8 ½ Excalibur Jonathan Riddell Shaune Ritchie $16.70
9 ½ Mongolian Legend Cameron Lammas Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman $116.00
10 Nose Highlad Johnathan Parkes Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman $30.70
11 Neck Wyndspelle Danielle Johnson Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs $12.90
12 Neck Savile Row Michael Coleman Michael Moroney & Pam Gerard $3.80
13 ½ Leading Role Lisa Allpress Gary Vile $128.60
14 Mongolian Wolf Mark Du Plessis Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman $32.10
15 6 Stephenstihls Hayden Tinsley Mike Breslin $67.90
16 Lincoln Blue Masa Tanaka Lisa Latta $27.60
17 22 Redeem The Dream Vinnie Colgan Shaune Ritchie $39.30
18 ½ Cha Siu Bao Derek Leung Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott $40.50

Winner's detailsEdit

Further details of the winner, Gingernuts:

  • Foaled: 2 October 2013 at Goodwood Stud, Palmerston North
  • Sire: Iffraaj; Dam: Double Elle (Generous)
  • Owner: Te Akau Gingernuts Syndicate (Mgr: DC Ellis)
  • Trainer: Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards
  • Breeder: Goodwood Stud
  • Starts: 7
  • Wins: 4
  • Seconds: 1
  • Thirds: 0
  • Earnings: $671,250

The road to the DerbyEdit

Early-season appearances in 2016-17 prior to running in the Derby.

  • Gingernuts1st Avondale Guineas
  • Jon Snow2nd Hawke's Bay Guineas, 8th New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 3rd Great Northern Guineas, 3rd Levin Classic, 3rd Karaka 3YO Mile, 7th Herbie Dyke Stakes
  • Beaumarchais9th Avondale Guineas
  • Sacred Elixir1st Caulfield Guineas Prelude, 8th Caulfield Guineas, 1st Moonee Valley Vase, 2nd Victoria Derby, 4th Karaka 3YO Mile, 7th Avondale Guineas
  • Charles Road2nd Avondale Guineas
  • Camino Rocoso8th Avondale Guineas
  • Excalibur5th Trevor Eagle Memorial, 6th Levin Classic, 6th Waikato Guineas
  • Highlad1st Wanganui Guineas, 3rd UCI Stakes, 9th Caulfield Classic, 8th Victoria Derby, 7th Waikato Guineas, 5th Avondale Guineas
  • Wyndspelle3rd Northland Breeders' Stakes, 5th Hawke's Bay Guineas, 3rd Sarten Memorial, 5th New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 5th Levin Classic, 1st Waikato Guineas
  • Savile Row3rd Barneswood Farm Stakes, 2nd New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 2nd Levin Classic, 2nd Herbie Dyke Stakes
  • Leading Role4th Zacinto Stakes, 9th Levin Classic, 10th Avondale Guineas
  • Mongolian Wolf10th Northland Breeders' Stakes, 8th Bonecrusher Stakes, 3rd Avondale Guineas
  • Stephenstihls2nd Zacinto Stakes, 7th Karaka 3YO Mile
  • Lincoln Blue1st Wellington Stakes, 1st 3YO Salver, 4th Levin Classic, 3rd Waikato Guineas
  • Redeem The Dream2nd 3YO Salver, 4th Avondale Guineas
  • Cha Siu Bao4th New Zealand 2000 Guineas, 4th Great Northern Guineas, 4th Waikato Guineas, 6th Avondale Guineas

Subsequent Group 1 winsEdit

Subsequent wins at Group 1 level by runners in the 2017 New Zealand Derby.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ "Horse sales and thoroughbred horses for sale – NZ Bloodstock". Nzb.co.nz. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Gingernuts (NZ) 2013 / Breeding / NZRacing". Nzracing.co.nz. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  4. ^ Dennis Ryan. "Late Derby entry confirmed for Gingernuts « Archive « Racing News « The Informant". Theinformant.co.nz. Archived from the original on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  5. ^ Richard Edmunds. "Gingernuts goes from last to first in Avondale Guineas « Archive « Racing News « The Informant". Theinformant.co.nz. Archived from the original on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Gingernuts Dunks Them – Te Akau Racing". Teakauracing.com. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2017.