The Ballarat district’s two hopes in the Inter Dominion Pacing Championship have been scratched after pulling up with issues on Saturday night.
Emma Stewart-trained Shadow Sax is out of the event with lameness in the near hind leg, while Michael Barby’s It Is Billy has also been withdrawn after he was found to be lame and suffering an irregular heartbeat.
Shadow Sax, which is based in Cardigan, drew badly in gate 12 for Saturday night’s heat at Melton, and after sitting back in the field for much of the 2240m trip, flashed home down the outside to only be beaten 5.7m.
Daylesford’s It Is Billy finished a long last in the first heat behind Spankem.
Round two of Inter Dominion heats – for both pacers and trotters - will be run at Ballarat on Tuesday night.