Triple Group One winner Gingernuts is nearing a return home to New Zealand three months after suffering a serious injury at Flemington.
Gingernuts fractured a pastern on the way to the barriers for the Group One Emirates Stakes at Flemington on November 11.
He had surgery to correct the break at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic at Werribee before being transferred to the nearby King’s Park Equine Clinic.
In early December he had a major setback when infection set in around the site of one of the screws in his leg.
After continued therapy, Gingernuts is almost ready to go home much to the delight of his many owners who are part of a Te Akau Racing syndicate.
Te Akau announced his impending homecoming on Twitter.
“GINGERNUTS’ – are you ready for this??!! We sure are – we’ve dreamed about the day we could tweet & say to Jerry’s army of supporters – JERRY IS COMING HOME!! Later next week – we are beside ourselves with joy!!! Yes he is now an honorary Australian with all that care #jerrylove” Te Akau said.
The winner of the New Zealand Derby in March last year, Gingernuts also won the Rosehill Guineas in Sydney in the autumn and added the Windsor Park Plate to his Group One record in September.
He will continue his rehabilitation in New Zealand with no indication yet whether he will race again.