ARNIE’S Boy and Majinika – two recent additions to trainer Ashley Maley’s stables have been successful at Ascot over the Easter long weekend.
Maley who has kept his Lancelin premises but also trains out of his new Gingin yards was very pleased with Majinika, who won the Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1500m) on Easter Saturday at Ascot.
The seven-year-old gelding with jockey Jade McNaught on board took the lead early in the race and never looked like being beaten.
The second placegetter Dutch Spy ridden by jockey Shaun O’Donnell finished more than two lengths behind.
Maley said it was Majinika’s second start since arriving at his stables after his owner had kept him in a paddock for 12 months.
“His previous runs were pretty bad and they thought he was gone,’’ Maley said.
“But he’s come back with a new lease of life.’’
Maley is planning to start the Izmir and Bettabon gelding in a 1300m to 1600m race in about three weeks.
On Good Friday McNaught rode Arnie’s Boy in the Mae Routledge’s Birthday Celebration Handicap (1400m).
After settling in a good position Arnie’s Boy appeared to have the race in the bag until Zackariah Beau and Andrew castle stormed down the outside to claim the win.
Arnie’s Boy has had two seconds for two starts with Maley – in his first start the three-year-old gelding raced in a 1120m handicap on April 4 in Geraldton.
Maley said he wanted to keep Arnie’s Boy going through the grades and step him up in distance.
His immediate plan is for the Patronize and Let’s Get Even gelding to have a few more runs before going for a spell.