DUSTY ON MAIN STAGE ONCE A GAIN
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 teammates, rolled on beyond last week’s AFL grand final with a horse he part-owns, Main Stage ($8.50), turning in a slashing Derby trial to win yesterday’s UCI Stakes (1800m) at Flemington.
While Martin wasn’t on course yesterday to see the son of Reliable Man take out the listed race, a few of his teammates were there to celebrate the exciting victory.
The game’s best player is a part of the Dusty Boys syndicate along with premiership teammates Dion Prestia and Josh Caddy, fellow Tigers Anthony Miles and Reece Conca and assistant coach Andrew McQualter, who bought into Main Stage, sourced for $150,000 at the New Zealand
Ready to Run Sales. The threeyear-old gelding, trained by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, will now 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,” said Young, a passionate Tigers fan.
“So it would be nice to get a few of them to Caulfield.
“We have always been Richmond supporters, My son is always decked out in their gear. It is nice they (the players) have come into a share of the horse, and we have got them into a good one.”
Young said Martin had been out to see the horse, with the syndicate members taking a close interest in Main Stage’s progress.
She said the horse would continue to improve after yesterday’s win ahead of Cliff’s Edge ($5.50) and another of the stable’s horses, Johnny Vinko ($21) in third.
“He is going to be hard to beat (in the Derby),” Young said.
“(This) was only the quarter-final.
“We’ve got the semi-final and the final to come but this horse keeps improving.”
AN ILL Tony McEvoy would have been buoyed by the efforts of his three-year-old filly Bring Me Roses to win the Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m).
Stable foreman Michael Shephardson said McEvoy had become ill after the first race and had to go home.
Shephardson said the stable had a big opinion of the filly and had set her for the Kennedy Oaks (2500m) at Flemington.
“She’s a High Chaparral filly with a good turn of foot. We’ve always had a big opinion of her,” Shephardson said.
He said she would follow the traditional path to the Oaks and he expected she would run in the Wakeful Stakes.
WINNING GOAL: Michael Walker (pink cap) rides Main Stage to victory at Flemington yesterday; and (below) Richmond star forward Dustin Martin on grand final day. Pictures: Getty Images