Gingin trainer says his Perth Cup starter is little but gutsy

The Ashley Maley-trained Bad Wolf, shown here with strapper Kayla Lingard, has drawn barrier two in the Tabtouch - Perth Cup at Ascot tomorrow. Picture: Anita McInnes

GINGIN trainer Ashley Maley says in the lead up to tomorrow’s Tabtouch – Perth Cup (2400m) he changed Bad Wolf’s routine due to the recent hot weather.

Maley said Bad Wolf was being ridden at 3am and his workload had been reduced.

He had also toyed with the idea of taking the seven-year-old gelding to the beach but that would have involved travelling him from his Neergabby-based stables in the heat.

“Backing the work off is not ideal going into the cup but it’s to keep him cool,’’ he said.

“Stafford’s Lad is the biggest challenge to him and Cockney crew will go close.

“Bad Wolf will be there for the fight.

“He’s little but he’s gutsy.’’

Although the gelding’s wins have not been beyond 1600m Maley told TABradio during the week that they had not really known what distance they could get him to and to find out they kept throwing another 200m at him.

“We went to the 1600, then we went to the 1800 then the 2000 and he just keeps stepping up to the pace.’’

Bad Wolf’s most recent wins were back in August when he won two 1600m races at Belmont Park.

But since then he has finished second in the Ascot Gold Cup (1800) on November 13 and second in the Japan Racing Association Trophy (2100m) on November 27.

At his last start he finished seventh in the GA Towton Cup (2200m) on December 11.

“It wasn’t that he faded in the Towton Cup he ran too dour as he’d been galloped on the Tuesday before the race and it was too hard a gallop for too hot a day.’’

He said hopefully for the Perth Cup the three weeks between races and the cooler weather would be of benefit.

Jockey Jerry Noske has the ride on Bad Wolf in the Group 2 race tomorrow.

The son of So You Think and Surpassing will start from barrier two and like most of the field carry 53kg.

Marocchino will carry 53.5kg, Tellem We’re Comin 54.5kg, Neufbosc 55.5kg and Platoon 56kg while Trap For Fools will lump 59kg.

Chris Parnham has the ride on the Dan Morton-trained Stafford’s Lad who has drawn barrier one and is the third favourite.

Cockney Crew trained by Kiernan McDonagh has drawn barrier 10.

The favourite Midnight Blue and second favourite Devotion are both trained by Grant and Alana Williams.