Ashley Maley says Double Digit needs luck for Perth Cup

From barrier 13 it could be difficult for Double Digit to find a spot where he can get cover in the Perth Cup tomorrow, says trainer Ashley Maley. Picture: Anita McInnes

GINGIN trainer Ashley Maley says Double Digit is now racing better than this time last year but all things considered he might have to be ridden for luck in tomorrow’s Tabtouch Perth Cup (2400m).

Maley said he expected Trap For Fools to set the pace but it won’t be Double Digit.

He said although Double Digit had carried big weights over 2100m and 2200m that was some time ago.

Carrying the lighter weight of 53kg would help Double Digit get the distance tomorrow.

“I’ve got him cup fit – he’s not really bred to stay but he’s a very athletic horse, ‘’ he said.

“But the others probably have the wood over him because of his breeding.’’

Maley said the seven-year-old gelding was a tricky horse to ride as he could over race and pull.

When they jump from barrier 13 tomorrow it will be only the second time jockey Ryan Hill has ridden Double Digit.

“We need to get him to a spot where he can get cover and from that barrier it will be tricky.’’

Ideally Maley said Double Digit would be in the middle with cover coming into the home straight but with pace on early in the race he would have to use up a lot of energy to get there leaving him with little in reserve for the finish.

The cup has not been planned to be Double Digit’s grand final but he would see how he goes.

He said Truly Great (jockey William Pike, 60kg and barrier 12) was the horse to beat.

Double Digit’s wins include two at 2200m and they were 72 plus rated races in October with jockey Chris Parnham onboard.

After that Double Digit finished last in a field of 13 on November 14 in the Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) on a heavy track.

Then on November 28 Double Digit was fifth in the listed Tattersall’s Cup (2100m) and then in Hill’s first race on the gelding on December 12 they finished fifth in the listed GA Towton Cup (2200m), which was won by Trap For Fools, who will carry 59kg in the cup.