Villiers Stakes Final Aussie Target For Ginga Dude

Trainer Graeme Boyd has named the Villiers Stakes as a possible final target for Ginga Dude this preparation.

The New Zealander has one just one of six races since arriving in Australia in September, but Boyd is hopeful the eight-year-old can go out on a high.

Ginga Dude is also nominated for the Frank Underwood Cup this Saturday, however, his trainer is yet to decide whether or not to run him.

“I’m going to look at the weights before I make my mind up on a start,” Boyd said.

“With his rating (107) he might have to give too much weight to a few horses who could make it difficult for him.”

If Ginga Dude does not run in Saturday’s feature, he will be an almost certain runner in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes at Warwick Farm.

“I’ll look at giving him a freshen-up before the Villiers before sending him for a short break after that,” Boyd said.

“He’ll be a bit closer to the others in the Villiers weights so it looks a better race for him.”

The gelding finished an unlucky sixth in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown last start.

“He has paid his way once again over here and there’s been a few times when he hasn’t had much luck,” Boyd said.

“In the Eclipse he couldn’t get a run.”

Ginga Dude has won 13 of his 48 race starts and has earned more than $330,000 in prize money.


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