Maley hopeful Bad Wolf gets across quickly from wide barrier

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Jockey Natasha Faithful retains the ride on Bad Wolf at Ascot tomorrow in the cup re-run. Picture: Anita McInnes

GINGIN trainer Ashley Maley is hopeful Bad Wolf can get across quickly from his wide gate in the re-running of the Perth Cup (2400m) tomorrow at Ascot tomorrow.

In the cup race on January 1 Bad Wolf got across straight outside the leader before the race was called off after two horses fell during the race.

One of the horses fell awkwardly and had to be euthanised with the other horse Dom To Shoot being cleared by vets to race tomorrow but his jockey is out after injuring his shoulder when they tumbled to the ground.

Maley said the falls were very sad for all concerned but as Bad Wolf had been outside the leader he was away from them.

In relation to the re-run tomorrow Maley said although Bad Wolf had now been up for a fair while that would not go against him.

“He needs to be in for a fair while before he really finds his straps…and carrying the 53kg should bring him right into it,’’ he said.

“I know nearly all the field is on 53kg but it makes a fair bit of difference to him because he’s only a fairly small horse.

“So being 53kg and a small horse I think it’ll be a massive plus for him and I would like to think that he can be in the first half a dozen anyway.

“Natasha Faithful retains the ride and she’s pretty keen too so if we get to take off like we did the other day we should be sitting in a very prominent position.’’

The Perth cup re-run is likely to be the eight-year-old’s grand final for this campaign.

Maley said Bad Wolf was still 100 per cent sound and still really enjoyed it so there was really no reason why he couldn’t continue to race.

“He has no soundness issues at all (but) if he has any soundness issues obviously we’ll retire him.’’