GINGIN trainer Ashley Maley is surprised there is not more support for Bad Wolf in the Carbine Club of WA Stakes (1400m) at Ascot tomorrow.
Maley, who has eight starters at Ascot on Railway Stakes day, said Bad Wolf was the pick of his starters tomorrow.
During his career Bad Wolf has had four wins at the distance and tomorrow with 56.5kg will carry the same weight as Flow and 1.5kg less than Arctic Stream who has been allocated 57.5kg.
“He’s in great form, his attitude is spot on, the weight is not a concern and the barrier spot on,’’ he said.
Bad Wolf will start from barrier four.
The So You Think and Surpassing gelding’s most recent win was a 1400m race at Ascot on October 17 and last year he won two 1400m races at Flemington.
On September 19 the versatile six-year-old also won a 1200m race at Belmont.
Maley said having to find a new rider after jockey Steven Parnham was injured in a fall during a race on Wednesday was a sideways step not a backward step.
“He’s the type of horse that jockeys grow in confidence with once they learn his racing pattern.’’
Maley said he would ask one of Bad Wolf’s previous jockeys to have a word with replacement jockey Kyra Yuill about the horse.
His two runners in the Crown Perth – Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) are Why Choose Her and Skinnen Tins but Maley said it was difficult to pick which one would perform best.
“I would like to say Why Choose Her with a better barrier, but we drew terribly.’’
Why Choose Her has drawn barrier 13 and Skinnen Tins barrier nine.
He said the two mares had different racing patterns and it would be up to how the race unfolded on the day.
“I wouldn’t like to split them,’’ he said.