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Decision pending on Livamol return for Gingernuts

Their Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) hopes were dashed when the Hastings meeting on Saturday was abandoned before the weight-for-age event could be run.
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing and the Hawke’s Bay Club have announced the Livamol Classic will now be run at Hawke’s Bay on October 22.
It replaces the meeting originally scheduled for Otaki where a track inspection deemed the track was unlikely to be fit for racing at Labour weekend.
“We can control a lot of things, but not the weather and when we left Hastings this morning it was bucketing down,” Te Akau principal David Ellis said.
“We need to now decide whether the Livamol is the best way forward for Gingernuts to the Emirates Stakes, which is now worth $A2 million, on the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.
“I will need to discuss it with the owners and then we will make our decision.”
Ellis did, however, confirm that stablemate Chance To Dance, a last-start winner of the Listed Karaka Classic (1600m), would contest the rescheduled Livamol Classic.
New entries will be taken for the Livamol on Tuesday, October 17.
“We believe that this has been the best possible outcome, following the disappointment we all felt on Saturday afternoon,” Hawke’s Bay Racing chief executive Andrew Castles said.
The Gr.3 Red Badge Spring Sprint (1400m) has also been incorporated into the programme.
Stake increases have also been announced for three other races - the Rating 85 1 5⁄16 m will rise from $30,000 to $40,000, as will the Rating 85 1 m and the Rating 75 7 f will be increased from $25,000 to $40,000.
The balance of the programme will comprise a Rating 65 1 5⁄16 m, a Pearl Series Rating 65 1 m, a Rating 65 6 f and a maiden 1 m.
NZTR has also announced that there will be a $200 compensation payment made to the owners of each of the 62 horses who missed a start at Hastings. All fees, including the early payments, will be refunded for the horses who were final acceptors for the Livamol.

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