Majinika goes to new trainer while Sluice Box right in the mix

In his last start for Gingin trainer Ashley Maley Majinika caused an upset in the Amelia Park Beef Handicap (1500m) at Ascot. Picture: Anita McInnes

IN his last start for Gingin trainer Ashley Maley, Majinika caused an upset in the Amelia Park Beef Handicap (1500m) at Ascot on Saturday, April 3.

At the start Majinika jumped cleanly but was not as fast out of the gates as the Neville Parnham-trained Bruce Almighty.

Maley said Majinika had been missing the start but jockey Alan Kennedy managed to push him out the gate.

“Jockeys just expect him to jump but he’s getting older and I think he’s got a bit cunning,’’ he said.

The Brock Lewthwaite-trained Thrilled held the lead at the 600m followed by My Greek Boy, Majinika and Bruce Almighty.

As the field turned for home Majinika was on the rail travelling third when Kennedy got the nine-year-old gelding out from behind Thrilled’s heels and went on to win easily.

Majinika’s last win was at Ascot on April 20, 2019 in another 1500m handicap with Jade McNaught in the saddle.

The Izmir and Bettabon gelding has now gone to trainer Summer Dickson.

Meanwhile, Maley has one starter at Ascot tomorrow.

Sluice Box has drawn barrier four in the Pepsi Max Handicap (1600m) with Kennedy booked for the ride.

The five-year-old gelding has previously raced at country racetracks with tomorrow to be his third start at Ascot.

“He’ll be right in the finish.

“His runs to date have been very good this preparation.

“I can’t imagine him putting in a bad run.

“He’s an honest horse.’’

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