Gingerbread Man gelding Gin ‘N’ Swanic gave trainer Mack Hall his first winner since taking out a license at Belmont on Wednesday.
Gin ‘N’ Swanic came from last to win the Amelia Park Hcp (2200m) by almost four lengths after firming from $11 into $6. “That’s unreal,” Hall beamed. “He was backing up from last week but I was pretty sure he would see out the trip today.
“He does put in but Luke (Campbell) kept him out of trouble and I started celebrating when he went clear in the straight.”
Hall, 22, is based at Northam where his parents ran a quarter-horse stud. He learned the racing ropes with Rob & Todd Harvey and Jarrad Noske before going out on his own last month.
Gin ‘N’ Swanic (Photo / Western Racepix) had won a Geraldton maiden for Belhus Racing in February 2021 but didn’t live up to their expectations. He was catalogued for the 2022 Inglis April (Late) Online Sale and changed hands for $1,500.
“He jumped only fairly so I was patient,” Campbell reported. “He travelled well and handled the heavy track. I moved a spot closer when Steve (Parnham) made an early move and he just kept going.”
Queenslea Park’s Allan and Helen Morton bred him by putting Yarradale Stud sire Gingerbread Man over Newcastle winner Miss Swaney (Danehill Dancer). Her older sister Magsaya won a LR Twilight Glow Stakes for Gai Waterhouse at Sandown.
Gingerbread Man (Shamardal) has sired 70 individual winners but only a handful – including LR Belmont Oaks winner Chili Is Hot – have been successful at 2000m and further.
His star sprinter Red Can Man flew to Melbourne yesterday for another spring campaign following a Lark Hill trial win for trainer Steve Wolfe last Monday.
Yarradale stands Gingerbread Man ($5,500) alongside War Chant ($8,250) this year. Service fees (inc GST).