Why Choose Her to back-up at Belmont

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Future goals for the Ashley Maley-trained Double Digit (shown here) include the Peninsula Mile while his stablemate Why Choose Her will back-up this Saturday. Picture: Anita McInnes

WHY Choose Her will back-up at Belmont Park on Saturday with Gingin trainer Ashley Maley saying there was no suitable race for her in a fortnight.

Maley said Why Choose Her ran nicely in her race last Saturday so it had been decided to let her take her chances in the Mrs Mac’s Handicap (1200m).

The Choisir and Little Wonder Why filly with jockey Chris Parnham on board was third in the Peter Griffen Birthday Handicap (1000m).

Maley said she had been held up in the race which was won by Essential Spice with Shinju filling second place.

Double Digit who won the Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1600m) last Saturday is being set for another similar race on August 10 with the goal of a start in the Peninsula Mile a fortnight after that.

Starting as the favourite in last Saturday’s race Double Digit carried 55.2kg with apprentice jockey Jade McNaught’s claim compared with Touch of Silver who lumped 60.5kg.

Double Digit started from barrier one while Touch of Silver jumped from barrier seven.

Maley said Skinnen Tins had recently suffered from a big hoof abscess, which had taken about two to three weeks to heal.

Last Saturday in the  D’Orsogna Handicap (1600m) Skinnen Tins had got off to a good start and then got clear running at the top of the straight only to be overtaken by Fred Dag who had settled off the pace and then made a charge from the back.

Maley said the plan was for Skinnen Tins to tackle a race of similar grade and length in about a fortnight.