Gingernuts rehab back on track

Injured Kiwi galloping hero Gingernuts is improving after a worrying setback that forced him back to hospital.

The popular four-year-old has been sidelined since requiring emergency surgery after freakishly fracturing his pastern on his way to the start of the $2 million Emirates Stakes at Flemington on November 11.

He had been recovering at an equine rehab facility in Victoria since being discharged following the operation but developed a slight temperature that saw him rushed back to the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital at Werribee on Monday night.

Te Akau boss David Ellis received the email he had hoped for on Tuesday, however, with Gingernuts back on the path to recovery.

"The vets say he is not any more lame than he should be for a horse who has been operated on and that his temperature has come down again," said Ellis.

"That temperature was the concern and the reason he went back to the clinic because they were worried when it went up on Monday and there is always that concern with post-surgery infection.

"But things are back to normal now, his appetite is good and we are confident he will be fine."

A sensational winner of last season's NZ Derby at Ellerslie, Gingernuts has a cult following spurred by his huge syndicate of owners and his rags-to-riches story.

The prognosis following the surgery on his fractured pastern suggested he is at least a 50-50 chance of racing again but that will not be until next season at the earliest.