'Absolute bulls---': Payne slams Flemington track

Payne took to Twitter this morning and said she was 'likely' to scratch last-start winner Sweet Rockette if the track 'looks too firm'.
'And cop another fine for looking after my horse and owners. Absolute bulls---,' Payne tweeted.
After inspecting the track, Payne has elected to run the three-year-old filly in the second race.
The Flemington track was rated a Good 3 after heavy rain was forecast for the morning but didn't hit.
Likely to scratch Sweet Rockette if the track looks too firm. And cop another fine for looking after my horse and owners.Absolute bullshit!
— Michelle Payne (@mj_payne) September 15, 2018
Payne said she wanted track managers to revisit their track watering policies.
'If there's rain forecast for Saturday, they should still water the track on the Friday. If the rain doesn't come then the track has been watered and it will be fine for the horses,' Payne said.
'If it does then it might be a Slow 6 which is still fine for racing. That way we won't get a track which is too firm and horses won't pull up sore.'
Payne had discussions with Racing Victoria's integrity services manager Jamie Stier and also head steward Rob Montgomery after walking the track.
Stewards are expected to look into Payne's tweet during the day.
Payne also faced a fine if she scratched Sweet Rockette because there was no change in track grading.
Payne, the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner, has regularly been an outspoken critic of how tracks are presented in Melbourne.
In July, Payne criticised the Sandown Hilldown surface as 'cruel to horses' despite not being at the track.
She was fined $500 for her tweet, which she later withdrew and apologised.
Payne was slapped with a $1500 penalty last year after attacking then-Flemington track manager Mick Goodie.
'Maybe Mick Goodie's position needs to be reviewed? He has no one to answer to, gets away with it time and time again,' Payne wrote in a tweet, which was later deleted.
'It's not very nice to upset people but I've been there many times (to) our premier track, walked it and felt like going home.'
— more to come

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