THE Herald Sun’s Michael Manley and Danny Russell pinpoint five things you need to know from around the tracks in Melbourne.
1.Luke Oliver is pleased with last-start winner Jessy Belle after her work at Caulfield on Tuesday morning, which he described as solid. Jessy Belle will be ridden by Craig Williams and will start in the final of the Leilani Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.
2.Nigel Blackiston has advised punters to forgive Tiny’s Legacy’s run at Caulfield last Saturday. He said the leader just got too far ahead and there were some strange results in terms of how far horses were beaten on the day. He expects him to run a much better race in the Winter Championship at Flemington on Saturday.
Blackiston will also start promising two-year-old Ma Raison, who ran on strongly for fourth at her debut will run in the Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) and spring aspirant Desert Jeuney in the All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m).
3. Plenty of support for trainer Bryce Stanaway in the “Sandwichgate” controversy around the state. Another outspoken member of the training establishment, Manny Gelagotis, tweeted there was a lot of support for Stanaway at Moe and from other trainers he had spoken to.
4. Promising three-year-old filly Azeema, trained by Mick Price, will miss the Rivette Series Final on Saturday after being spelled due to joint soreness.
5.Robbie Griffiths is pleased with the condition of his consistent mare Nadeem Lass in the lead-up to the All Victorian Sprint Series Final on Saturday. Griffiths will start his two three-year-old fillies, Darcy’s Law and She Can Shazam in the Rivette Series