Country cups the goal for Double Digit

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The Ashley Maley-trained Double Digit wins the Devil’s Lair Handicap (1500m) at Ascot. Picture: Simon Merritt/WesternRacepix

DOUBLE Digit will most likely be set for 1600m to 1800m races from now on with country cups eventually on the agenda, according to Lancelin trainer Ashley Maley.

On Sunday Maley said he put Double Digit’s win in the Devil’s Lair Handicap (1500m) at Ascot the day before down to a good barrier draw and a drop in weight.

The Demerit and Female Agent gelding started from barrier two and carried 54kg while In Love With Paris, who started from barrier five lumped 59kg and Jeraft (barrier three) carried 58.5kg.

In Love With Paris faded in the final stages of the race to finish last behind Stocks who jumped from barrier four carrying 58kg and Final Salute (barrier eight and 57kg).

Mrs Bown’s Boy (barrier seven and 55.5kg) finished second with One Short (barrier one and 56kg) claiming third place.

Maley said Double Digit had pulled up fine after the race.

He was not sure which race the five-year-old would start in next but it would likely be after Christmas.

“As he gets older he’ll go over more ground so later he’ll target country cups,’’ he said.