Ginja Ninja (NZ) is right at the top of her game and she’s capable of lifting to another level after doubling up in the Cal Isuzu Open Hcp (1150m) at Te Awamutu on Saturday.
Ginja Ninja (4m Thorn Park – Remy by Centaine) had won at Tauranga last month and trainer Ben Foote is now considering a start in the LR Opunake Cup at Pukekura on July 20.
“She was really in the mood and I expected just as much,” said Foote who has recently relocated his training operation from Byerley Park to Cambridge. “I’m comfortable there with lots of friends and family.”
Should the mare perform up to expectations at Pukekura, a late nomination might be forthcoming for the G3 Winter Cup at Riccarton during Grand National week.
Ginja Ninja was suited by a good tempo at Te Awamutu and finished off too well in the straight for the pacemaker Danrose (Danroad) and Conrwin (Keeninsky). “It was a Heavy 10 and that’s just how she likes it,” jockey Sam Spratt said. “She flies through the ground and has got a good turn of foot in the mud.”
By deceased NZ Champion Thorn Park, the chestnut mare is from a half-sister to 2002 Champion NZ 2YO Grout (Gold Brose). She cost a mere $2,000 out of the J K Farm draft at the 2010 NZB Select yearling sale at Karaka.