Maley upbeat with Kennedy back in the saddle

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Gingin trainer Ashley Maley says he has no concerns about Bad Wolf, shown here after winning a 1200m handicap on September 26, backing up tomorrow. Picture: Anita

GINGIN trainer Ashely Maley says he is hoping both his gallopers at Ascot tomorrow can win with the return of jockey Alan Kennedy.

In the last race tomorrow Bad Wolf, who finished 11th in a field of 16 while carrying 58kg at opening day at Ascot last weekend, has drawn barrier eight and has dropped back to 55.5kg.

Maley said the barrier draw was okay.

“Alan Kennedy is back so we’re pretty happy and have no worries about (Bad Wolf) backing up,’’ he said.

Maley was also upbeat about Arnie’s Boy, who two starts ago won at Belmont on September 26 carrying 56.5kkg in a 1600m handicap with Kennedy onboard.

At his last start on October 4 in the Ladies Day Cup at Northam Arnie’s Boy carried 59kg and was ridden by jockey Clint Johnston-Porter.

Tomorrow Kennedy is back on board Arnie’s Boy and he drops 1.5kg but is up against the Chris and Michael Gangemi-trained Notorious One who will carry 55kg.

“I think he can beat Notorious One as last time he was taken too far back and expected to do too much with 59kg.’’

He said the plan was to last Saturday’s winner Double Digit in a 2200m handicap next Saturday.