Smart juvenile London Line has been ruled out of Saturday’s Amelia Park Karrakatta Plate (1200m), paving the way for William Pike to ride Military Reign.
Trainer Dan Morton scrapped Karrakatta plans for London Line after his fourth behind Lucky Street in the Perth Stakes (1100m) last Saturday week.
The Blackfriars gelding was rated one of Lucky Street’s biggest threats, sharing the third line of betting with Senso at $13 in the $500,000 race.
London Line won last month’s Supremacy Stakes (1100m) and also scored on debut at Ascot in December.
“He’s done enough this time in,” Morton said. “I just thought we’d put him aside for now.”
Pike was London Line’s regular rider, but his hopes in the Group 2 feature now rest with Ascot and Bunbury winner Military Reign.
He returns from a careless riding suspension on Wednesday.
Saxophonist, an impressive Ascot winner last month, will wear blinkers for the first time in the Karrakatta.
Starting from the outside gate in the Perth Stakes, Saxophonist was forced back to last, but made up late ground to finish fifth.
“He jumps well, but then he’s inclined to relax and lose a bit of concentration,” trainer Fred Kersley said. “In a race like this you can’t afford that. It would be handy if we could get a barrier.
“He’s an interesting horse. I didn’t have high expectations for him, but it’s fair to say he’s exceeding those expectations.”
Kersley had not confirmed a rider for Saxophonist yesterday.
Apprentice Lucy Warwick rode him last start and Paul Harvey guided him to his only race victory.
Harvey will ride $1.80 favourite Lucky Street.
Apprentice Mitchell Pateman is booked to ride Supremacy Stakes and Gimcrack Stakes placegetter Showy Chloe.
Trainer David Harrison will consider backing up Delicate Miss after her Ascot win on Saturday.
Delicate Miss improved on her unlucky sixth to Military Reign on debut with victory in the Westspeed 2YO Plate (1000m).
“We might send her around one more time next week and then give her a good spell,” Harrison said.
Harrison will start Mystic Maid, a Bunbury maiden winner last month before her close second to Chantski in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes.
Alan Kennedy will miss the Karrakatta Plate meeting after copping a 16-day careless riding suspension on Saturday.