Gelding still needs to getgate antics right, says Size

Champion trainer John Size still wasn't happy with Little Men's barrier manners but the three-year-old still managed to do enough right to justify a short price in winning his second successive race. A failure to jump away smartly cost Little Men (Douglas Whyte) a win at his second run when he was odds-on, then almost did the same at his third start at long odds-on. That prompted Size to send the gelding "back to school", but he still wasn't perfect. "We gave him some gate practice and he was fine that isn't raceday. He's still not jumping the best but at least he was no worse today," Size said after Little Men took himself out of Class Four in the style of a horse who will get further than 1,600m. Alan Aitken


Ferraris battler scores again after a perfect Fourie ride

The owners of Victory Ide Say have already shown plenty of patience and it's that same quality that is required by jockeys on the David Ferraris-trained battler. It took 26 starts for Victory Ide Say to break his maiden, but with the help of gate one, bottom weight in Class Four and a nice ride from Richard Fourie gave him back-to-back victories. "You just have to sit on him a lot longer than you might on another horse before you go for him," Fourie said. "I went clear at the 150m and even then I thought he would dig his toes in. You just have to wait a bit, just like Douglas [Whyte] did when he won on him last time... he travelled beautifully during the run." Michael Cox


Kelly's panel allows Marwing to fulfil his Dubai riding duty

A relieved Weichong Marwing will be allowed to ride at the Dubai World Cup meeting on March 30 at Meydan where he is booked to ride John Moore's sprinter Frederick Engels after stewards deferred a careless-riding suspension. Kim Kelly's panel had a busy day with a host of suspensions and fines, but will allow Marwing to serve a two-day ban after he rides in the Golden Shaheen. Marwing was charged for crossing when not clear on race eight winner Sunny Ying. Matthew Chadwick was slapped with two days and $40,000 for not leaving sufficient room when crossing on Bullish Power in race four and Douglas Whyte was given the same penalty for his winning ride on Flagship Shine (race 10). Michael Cox