Maley says Megazone his best chance

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Megazone is backing up tomorrow at Ascot with trainer Ashley Maley saying he had an easy win last Saturday. Picture: Anita McInnes

GINGIN trainer Ashley Maleys says Megazone has the best chance of nailing a win out of his four starters at Ascot tomorrow.

Megazone with apprentice jockey Jade McNaught on board stormed home to win the Telethon Handicap (1200m) on October 26.

In his previous start he had lugged 62kg in a 1100m race in Geraldton where he had been caught up and spat out the back before managing to pick himself up and claim third place.

Tomorrow in the Myattsfield Vineyards Handicap (1200m) he has drawn barrier 11 and McNaught retains the ride.

Maley said he did not think the wide barrier would bother Megazone as he did not do too much last Saturday and won pretty easily.

He also likes the chances of Arnie’s Boy, who has drawn barrier 13, in the Crown Perth Handicap (1800m) with McNaught again to take the ride.

While not concerned about the wide draw he said it would make a win a bit more difficult.

Lancelin trainer Cliff Howe has Sharpbob starting from barrier nine in the same race.

Maley will also saddle up Puss to Pass in the Arlec Australia Handicap (2200m).

He said Puss to Pass was probably one run away from that distance but needed the start.

Jockey Alan Kennedy has the ride on Push to Pass, who has drawn barrier six in a field of eight.

McNaught will also ride Double Digit, who will jump from barrier four in the Scarboro Toyota Handicap (1400m).

Maley said he had one small doubt about Double Digit who finished second in the Coolgardie Cup (1760m) on September 8.

“He  jarred up badly when we took him to Kalgoorlie,’’ he said.

“The track was too hard for him.’’

Meanwhile, Muchea trainer Alan Mathews said Forgotten Star who finished second behind Megazone on October 26 will head to a 1400m race on Saturday week.

Forgotten Star was well back in the field until just before the home turn but she went on to finish strongly.