Tight run to the finish for Dwayne Dunn's jockey title
DWAYNE Dunn can only sit by with his fingers crossed and see whether his two-win lead is enough for him to claim his first Melbourne jockey's premiership.
With just three meetings left for the season - Bendigo on Wednesday, Caulfield on Saturday and Ballarat on Sunday - Dunn is two wins ahead of Craig Williams and Damien Oliver after riding a double at Flemington on Saturday.
But he won't be able to add to his total of 57 after copping an 11-meeting careless-riding suspension from last Wednesday's meeting at Moonee Valley.
Williams added one win to his tally when he got smart three-year-old Supido home in the Dalray Handicap (1000m) at Flemington, but Oliver was the big mover with a treble.
He scored on two-year-old Jalan Jalan in race two, before closing the meeting in style with victories on the Chris Waller-trained pair Abbasso and Bagman.
Oliver said he wasn't confident of securing title number 10 with wet tracks throwing up plenty of upsets and apprentice riders in favour with trainers.
"Even though Dwayne is going to miss the last three, he's still going to be hard to catch so I think it's going to go down to the wire," Oliver said.
"Dwayne said he's off to Fiji. He doesn't want to watch the TV so he's got a nervous few days."
In the Melbourne trainer's premiership, Darren Weir is in the box seat to defend his title, despite Peter Moody closing to within five after a double at Flemington.
Meanwhile, a double at Rosehill has put James McDonald on the verge of a second straight Sydney jockey premiership.
Despite spending six weeks in England riding for Godolphin, the former Kiwi leads Blake Shinn by one win, with Hugh Bowman a further one-and-a-half winners back in third place.