The winner of the 2017 New Zealand Derby, Rosehill Guineas and Windsor Park Plate at Group One level, Gingernuts was officially retired on veterinary advice on Monday.
“Gingernuts is undoubtedly the most popular horse we have had at Te Akau,” stud principal David Ellis said.
“He captured hearts and imaginations and has a huge following. We were stunned by the outpouring of care and concern when he suffered his life-threatening injury in Melbourne.
“It has almost been a year since his injury and during that time, “Jerry” has had the best veterinary care possible.
“Three separate specialists have now thoroughly re-examined and again X-rayed him and he is retired.
“The bottom line is that the veterinary surgeons advise against racing “Jerry” again. They state that there is a strong possibility that the damage to his injured leg is such, that he would likely favour the injured leg and that is a risk that we are absolutely not prepared to take,.
“Gingernuts is such a special horse. We would never compromise his health and well-being being. His owners are also adamant that their boy comes first, so he will now spend the rest of his days as promised at Te Akau Stud.
“We have already been contacted by racing clubs who are keen to have Gingernuts lead out fields for their Group One races or be paraded at their major days. This is a possibility for sure.”