CARNIVAL CONTROVERSY: MAKE CALL ON EAGLE FARM He partnered Crack Me Up for the first time when they combined to win the Recognition Stakes last month. “I am very grateful to the owners for sticking with me this weekend and for understanding my reasons not to go to Sydney,” McGillivray said. “I am still establishing myself here in Brisbane and am still very much the new kid on the block. ‘‘I feel it’s important at the moment to show loyalty to the people who are supporting me week in, week out here.” Among McGillivray’s Doomben rides on Villiers Day will be Tony Gollan’s boom two-year-old Ef Troop, who will run in the Phelan Ready Stakes. Cracking performance: Crack Me Up wins at Doomben last month. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail Crack Me Up’s trainer Liam Birchley confirmed he backed McGillivray’s decision and said he expected to still have plenty of jockey options in the Villiers. Crack Me Up’s rating went from 93 to 99 after his Recognition Stakes win, which equates to 3kg. Jockey Matthew McGillivray with Bernadette Cooper after winning the Tattersall's Recognition Stakes on Crack Me Up. Picture: AAPSource:AAP His Brisbane Handicap weight will be dependent on whether there are any new names nominated at the top of the weights. Birchley was not perturbed about a seven-day back-up into the Villiers. “It’s just the way the program fell,” Birchley said. “The only way to avoid that would have been to go to Sydney earlier and I didn’t want to do that.”