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.”
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