VETERAN Warrnambool trainer Merv McKenzie may bypass running his speedy sprinter Big Reel at the Warrnambool May Carnival after winning a 1000-metre race at Sandown last Wednesday.
Big Reel defeated Kyzamba and Josephine Sea in the $50,000 race.
"I was considering running him at the carnival, but I'm weighing up other options following his win at Sandown," McKenzie said.
"There was a race on the opening day and one on the last at the carnival.
"But on the other hand, there's a nice race at Flemington and one at Caulfield.
"I'll see how things pan out with the horse over the next few days before making a decision.
"He's had three runs back in from a long spell and is in great shape.
"I've got to give a lot of credit to Tennielle Onyett and Mark Warren.
"They do a lot of the work with Big Reel.
"He can be a very difficult horse to handle but they are aware of his hang-ups."
The seven-year-old has won seven of his 28 starts and picked up more then $158,000 in stakemoney.
LAST-START Warrnambool jumps winner King Of The Forest has been retired after sustaining an injury to his off-front knee.
King Of The Forest won a restricted steeplechase at Warrnambool on March 14 and was being set for the Great Eastern Steeplechase at Oakbank on Easter Monday and the Warrnambool Grand Annual Steeplechase on May 2.
Four-time Grand Annual winning jockey David "Butch" Londregan, who trained King Of The Forest, is disappointed the 10-year-old will not run in the two feature jumps races.
"King Of The Forest knocked his leg in the paddock," he said.
"I was quietly confident he would run well in the Great Eastern and the Grand Annual.
"He was a tough jumper who gave his connections plenty of fun.
"I'll end up finding King Of The Forest a good home for the rest of his days."
From his 33 jumps starts, King Of The Forest won three races and recorded 10 placings including a third in the 2017 Brierly Steeplechase.
Londregan won the Grand Annual on Thackeray (1979 and 1980), Kaimoto (1981) and Brigade (1985).
POPULAR Warrnambool jumps jockey Braidon Small is recovering in Melbourne's Alfred Hospital following a race fall at Pakenham on Sunday.
Small fell from Startierra in a restricted hurdle.
He travelled back to Warrnambool after the race but was admitted to Southwest Healthcare after complaining of headaches.
Victorian Jockeys Association executive officer Matt Hyland said Small had been operated on for bleeding on the brain on Monday morning and was resting.
RESPECTED trainer Eric Musgrove will bring a small, quality team of jumpers including Mr One Eleven and Lucques to the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival.
Mr One Eleven won a restricted hurdle race, while stablemate Lucques was successful in the time-honoured Bourke Hurdle at Pakenham on Sunday.
Musgrove will now set Mr One Eleven for the champion novice hurdle at Warrnambool on May 2 and Lucques runs in the Galleywood Hurdle at the carnival on May 1.
"Both horses were very impressive with their wins on Sunday," Musgrove said.
"Mr One Eleven and Lucques came into work early with the Galleywood and champion novice hurdle as their main goals.
"Mr One Eleven was inexperienced last year but he's come into work a lot stronger this year. He's now won his last two and the champion novice hurdle looks the obvious race for him.
"Lucques is a tough honest jumper who keeps on improving. He's building up a nice record winning his last three jumps races. The only downside to him might be is he's not really good on wet tracks - that's why we wanted to target the early jumps races with him."
Musgrove hopes to have at least three jumpers running at Oakbank on Easter Saturday.
POPULAR Orford trained jumper Mannertone could run on the flat in the Penola Cup on Sunday as a lead into a restricted steeplechase at the Warrnambool May Carnival on May 1.
Mannertone ran ninth in a flat race at Mount Gambier last Friday, as part of his preparation for this jumps season.
Trainer Anne McGrath said she had faced a battle against time to have Mannertone ready for the Warrnambool Carnival.
"He's just had a couple of minor issues but is over them," McGrath said.
"I had thought of running in the Brierly Steeplechase on the first day, but the restricted 'chase looks a better option. The minor issues may be a blessing in disguise because I want to have Mannertone running in the steeplechase races at Casterton later in the season."
From his 95 starts, Mannertone has won more then $325,000 in stakemoney.
GREG Nichols has been elected as the new chairman of Racing Australia.
Nichols has been a director of Racing Victoria for seven years and has served on the board of Racing Australia since January 2017.
He replaces Frances Nelson, who did not seek re-election.