OWNERS will be back at the races at Warrnambool on Sunday but in limited numbers.
The meeting, which has the Lafferty Hurdle and Thackeray Steeplechase as its features, will have strict rules in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Owners will have to pre-register with Warrnambool Racing Club before race day, and they must provide details on the day for contact tracing.
There will be a time limit on attendance at the race meeting, which will require owners to depart the racecourse following the race in which their final runner is engaged.
The segregation of owners from racing participants means that access to the mounting yard and stabling area by owners is prohibited, and no crossover will be permitted between the two halves of the racecourse.
WRC chief executive officer Tom O'Connor said plans for owners were still being finalised.
"We're still putting strict strategic plans in place for owners," he said.
"They should all be sorted out later in the week.
"We're thinking of having a maximum of 20 owners for each race and then they must leave the track after their horse runs to allow other owners in for the next race.
"We're expecting there will be plenty of owners who will wish to take up the opportunity to see their horses run again.
"We must follow the strict guidelines passed on by Racing Victoria and the government regarding the meeting."
Five jumps races and high-weight events are programmed.
POPULAR Warrnambool horseman Luke Williams admits he's got to change his riding style after being suspended and fined by stewards after his winning ride on Nahanni at Casterton on Saturday.
Williams pleaded guilty to a charge that he used his whip on nine occasions prior to the 100-metre mark, which is four more occasions than permitted.
He will be out from July 5 for one calendar month and was fined $750 for the breach.
Stewards took into account his guilty plea, poor record and the totality of his whip use and that Nahanni won the race.
"It was my first day back riding for three months and I was not fit enough," Williams said.
"The stewards had no other option but to do what they did. I've got a poor record on that front but I believe if I get fitter that will help solve the issue.
"I've had five indiscretions for the same thing in the last year and four of them have won.
"I suppose I suffer with a bit of white-line fever because I'm out there doing my best for the owners and trainers that I'm riding for, but I've got to get fitter which will help my cause."
Nahanni's trainer Shayne Fisher said the horse would be nominated for a maiden hurdle at Warrnambool on Sunday.
NOT BAD, BOY
VETERAN Warrnambool trainer Merv McKenzie believes Boy From The Bool has plenty of upside after the three-year-old won a 1400-metre maiden at Ballarat on Sunday.
Having his fifth race start, Boy From The Bool defeated Faithful Diamond and Quattro Gatton in the $31,000 race.
McKenzie said Boy From The Bool had been a handful during his short career.
"I've got to give a lot of credit to Gina McDonald she rides Boy From The Bool in all his trackwork," he said.
"Gina has done a marvellous job. Boy From The Bool was a headstrong horse at the start but Gina has got him going good.
"He's also not a good traveller in the float to the track but he's getting better. I think with a bit of time he could develop into a handy type of horse."
Boy From The Bool took his stake earnings to more than $22,000 with the victory.
PATRICK Ryan will keep a close watch on the weather patterns leading into Warrnambool's big jumps meeting on Sunday, with the Thackeray Steeplechase and Lafferty Hurdle the features.
The Warrnambool-based trainer saddled up Woodsman with local jumps jockey Ronan Short aboard to score an impressive victory in a restricted hurdle at Casterton on Saturday.
But Ryan's concerned the eight-year-old is not suited to heavy tracks.
"Woodsman seems to struggle on heavy tracks," he said.
"It was a strong win at Casterton. The track was in the soft range and he appreciates those types of conditions.
"It was great to reward Ronan with a win on Woodsman. Ronan works very hard and followed the instructions to the letter.
"We'll put an entry in the Lafferty Hurdle this Sunday for Woodsman.
"I'll have a chat with his owner but I'm just hoping the track will not be too heavy."
Woodsman has won three of his six jumps starts.
JOCKEY John Allen will miss eight meetings after he pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge following his ride on Balle Dor at Ballarat on Sunday.
Stewards found that near the 300-metre mark, Allen permitted his mount to shift out in an attempt of obtain clear running to the outside of Dinga when there was insufficient room to do so.
This resulted in Lass Vegas which was to its outside having to be restrained and clipping Balle Dors heels after also shifting inwards slightly away from Seafood Source.
Allen's suspension starts midnight July 4 and expires midnight, July 12.