Maley confident with Penny On The Queen’s chances

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The Ashely Maley-trained Penny On The Queen with jockey Lucy Warwick and strapper Kayla Lingard. Picture: Anita McInnes

GINGIN trainer Ashley Maley is reasonably confident with Penny On The Queen heading into the Group 3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) tomorrow although with her sticky draw she might need some luck and her great turn of foot.

Maley said due to the race’s speed map Penny On The Queen would likely end up out wide so they would have to go back and then find a gap to get to the front.

“But her acceleration is so good she doesn’t need much of a gap to open up,’’ he said.

On Thursday he said Penny On The Queen, who he described as well-behaved but feisty, was very well and he was happy with her.

Penny On The Queen’s maiden win was a 1200m race on February 26 followed by a third place in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes (1100m) on March 19 and then a third the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) on April 2.

He said getting the young horses to the races made him a bit nervous as you never knew what would happen.

“I’m just trying to keep her in tip-top order.

In his mind the Trevor Andrews-trained All The King’s Men is the one to beat.

All The King’s Men won a 1400m race on March 31, was fourth in the Listed Perth Stakes (1100m) on March 19 and was fourth in the Crystal Slipper Stakes (1100m) in November last year.

“(But) it’s a very open Sires’ this year.’’