Favourite Harbour Views is out of Saturday's Sportsbet Ballarat Cup.
The import, which was second emergency, was scratched on Friday morning.
Although at the top of betting markets, Harbour Views was still not guaranteed a start.
He would have needed two scratchings to get a run.
Warrnambool trainer Matthew Williams, in announcing the scratching on social media, said Harbour Views would go for a spell.
The emerging stayer has won five of his six starts.
Williams said on Twitter: "Harbour Views will be scratched from the Ballarat Cup and head to the paddock for a well deserved break. With some changes in his fetlocks it was decided to err on the side of caution and give him a spell."
Dr Drill from the Caulfield/Ballarat stable of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace is now favourite.
Sportsbet has the Cranbourne Cup winner $3.70 ahead of top weight Fifty Stars $5.50.
Last year's Ballarat Cup winner Kiwia has firmed to $17.
3.70 Dr Drill
5.50 Fifty Stars
9.00 The Lord Mayor
9.50 Double You Tee
12.00 Hang Man
13.00 Suzuka Devious
14.00 Aristocratic Miss
16.00 Plein Ciel
17.00 Another Dollar
51.00 Second Bullet
81.00 Meli Melo
91.00 Red Alto