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    GOING from an extreme high to a disappointing low is tough to take, but is part of racing according to trainer Michael Stanley. Stanley... Setback just part of racing

    GOING from an extreme high to a disappointing low is tough to take, but is part of racing according to trainer Michael Stanley.

    Stanley made the assessment when discussing Menin Gate’s below par effort at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.

    Having scored first-up in the Swan Hill Cup a fortnight ago, the gelding had connections on a high.

    After racing in the ‘death seat’ in Melton, Menin Gate finished at the tail of the field, beaten 31 metres, leaving all involved flattened.

    To Stanley’s relief, the son of Somebeachsomewhere was found to be suffering from a low grade lung infection.

    “It’s only a minor lung infection in its early stage, which is good,” Stanley said. “He’ll have a course of antibiotics so hopefully it can clear up pretty quickly.

    “It should only take three or four days, so health wise, we’ve still got plenty of time to have him back and another run under his belt before the Inter Dominion.

    “After being on a high at Swan Hill we’ve sunk a little, but that’s how it goes.

    “I’m confident he will be back to his competitive self quickly enough.”

    Stanley has earmarked the Geelong Cup on November 24 as Menin Gate’s next target before tackling the first round of Inter Dominion heats a week later.

    “The plan is to give him a trial then race him in the Geelong Cup,” Stanley said. “That’s likely to be his only run between now and the Inter Dominion.”

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