The wins just keep com­ing for Dusty


THE Brown­low Medal, the Norm Smith Medal, the AFL premier­ship ... and maybe the Vic­to­ria Derby.

Dustin Martin’s win­ning ways - and those of a hand­ful of his Rich­mond team-mates rolled on be­yond last week’s AFL grand fi­nal with a horse they part-own, Main Stage ($8.50) turn­ing in a slash­ing Derby trial to win yes­ter­day’s UCI Stakes at Flem­ing­ton.

While Martin wasn’t on course to see the aptly named son of Re­li­able Man take out the listed race, a few of his team-mates cel­e­brated the ex­cit­ing vic­tory.

The game’s best player is a part of the Dusty Boys syn­di­cate along with premier­ship team-mates Dion Pres­tia and Josh Caddy, fel­low Tigers An­thony Miles and Reece Conca and with as­sis­tant coach An­drew McQual­ter, who bought into Main Stage, sourced for $150,000 at the New Zealand Ready to Run Sales.

The three-year-old geld­ing, trained by Trent Busut­tin and Natalie Young, will head to the Caulfield Clas­sic be­fore push­ing on to the Vic­to­ria Derby.

“I would love to get Dusty and the boys at the Derby, but I got a lit­tle whisper that one of the (Rich­mond) boys is get­ting mar­ried on that day,” Young, a passionate Tigers fan, said. “So it would be nice to get a few of them to Caulfield for his next event.

“We have al­ways been Rich­mond sup­port­ers - my son is decked out in their gear all the time - and it is nice they (the play­ers) have come into a share of the horse. And we have got them into a good one. Let’s hope this horse can get onto the main stage on the fourth of Novem­ber.”

DON’T AR­GUE: Michael Walker win­ning on Main Stage.

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