ARNIE’S Boy finished second for Gingin-based Ashley Maley at Belmont on Saturday while Man Booker, who lately spends time at Gold Front in Breera when he is home in WA, had a win in Ipswich.
Maley had two starters in the Events at Ascot Handicap (1600m), which had to be re-started after a barrier malfunction the result of which Scarlet Speedster’s jockey Shaun O’Donnell received a leg injury.
Three horses Scarlet Speedster, Mr Pago and Play Hard were scratched before the race was started again.
Arnie’s Boy and jockey Shaun McGruddy led for most of the race but the Anne King-trained Deimos flew home in the later stages of the race in a dominant display.
Apprentice jockey Jade McNaught and Bold Victory, who Maley thought would have had a better chance of winning finished ninth.
Maley said Bold Victory lost some confidence in the re-start.
“When he jumped out the first time he jumped really well but with the false start he was not confident to jump out the second time,’’ he said.
The re-start did not bother Arnie’s Boy who he said was pretty laid back.
“Arnie’s Boy will now head to the paddock for a six to eight week spell.’’
Bold Victory will head to a race similar in distance and rating in a fortnight while Double Digit who finished fifth in the Ilario Spagnola 50th Birthday Handicap (1400m) will be set for a similar race in a couple of weeks.
Trainer Dan Morton’s father Len told The Races WA that in Queensland Man Booker had had a run of bad barrier draws in top company but the win at Ipswich in the Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) was consolation.
His mother Annette said they were happy that Man Booker had shown what he could do.