More distance for Double Digit

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The Ashley Maley-trained Double Digit will go up a grade and in distance at his next start. Picture: Anita McInnes

AFTER Double Digit’s win at Ascot on Saturday, October 27 trainer Ashley Maley of Lancelin says the gelding will go up in distance and into the 72 plus grade for his next race in about two weeks.

The Demerit and Female Agent gelding’s win in the LWP Property Handicap (1600m) was his first Saturday win at Ascot.

Maley said the five-year-old brown gelding had a win on a wet Saturday at Belmont on August 12 last year.

His most recent win at Belmont was in a 1650m race on Wednesday, September 19.

On Saturday, Double Digit, who started with Kia Ora Star and Miracle Man on the third line of betting, beat the favourite Ouqba Jack.

Double Digit with jockey Alan Kennedy on board jumped from barrier four getting off to a good start as did Kia Ora Star from barrier one.

Even with apprentice Tayla Stone’s allowance Miracle Man still carried the top weight of 58.5kg and had to get across from barrier 11.

At 1100m Patrocity had taken the lead but was fighting the bridle and jockey Joseph Azzopardi.

Miracle Man and Kia Ora Star followed with Juicing Carrots in fourth place.

Patrocity was still leading at 700m with Double Digit towards the rear of the field.

Maley said Double Digit had been held in a pocket by Not Again Ken but managed to break free off the turn heading into the home straight.

At 150m Double Digit and Ouqba Jack started to look like serious contenders.

In the final stages Double Digit managed to get his head in front leaving Ouqba Jack to claim second place.