TRAINER Ashley Maley of Gingin says a change of plan will result in Skinnen Tins stepping up from 1600m to the John Martino 90th Birthday Handicap (2000m) on Saturday, August 10.
“She got a better draw in the 2000m and I’ve been wanting to give her a start over further distance for a while,’’ he said.
“Her mother could run out those distances so I want to give her a chance.’’
The Patronize and Flaming Magic mare to be ridden by jockey Shaun McGruddy has drawn barrier six and will carry 57kg.
She carried 55.5kg when she finished second in the D’Orsogna Handicap (1600m) on July 27 with apprentice jockey Jade McNaught on board.
Jockey Alan Kennedy has the ride on Maley’s other starter on Saturday in the Ascot Racing Carnival Handicap (1600m).
Double Digit won the Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1600m) on July 27 but in that race where he also benefited from McNaught’s apprentice claim he only carried 52.5kg.
On Saturday he will start from barrier nine and carry 57.5kg and Maley said the extra weight would make it tougher for the gelding to win.
Maley said he has not made a decision yet about what is next for Blue Horse after her second-place at Belmont Park on August 3.
The War Chant and Ash five-year-old mare has had one win – a 1400m race at Belmont Park on July 24.