After 14 years of running a successful small business hobby trainer Ashley Maley is to embark on a sea change.
Maley has sold his Lancelin newsagency and is headed north for the duration of the Broome racing season.
It’s Maley’s first venture to the Pearl Coast and he’s hopeful of grabbing success with a team of six horses.
They include Demon Jane and Thinking Thunder who will clash in the Phoenix Insurance Brokers Handicap (1100m).
Demon Jane has yet to be placed in three starts but did win a recent trial defeating Spirytus and Tiffany Yellow.
Tiffany Yellow franked the form with a win at Northam on May 10 and was third to Wildwood at Belmont Park last week.
Thinking Thunder has one win from 17 starts and resumes after finishing 11th of 14 to Wizards Point at Ascot last February.
“Demon Jane has been working extremely well and the trial win has given me confidence,” said Maley.
“Thinking Thunder has had a few issues and I’m conservative about his prospects.”
Stable mate Turfstar, placed twice from 14 starts, will attempt to break his maiden status in the Kimberley Pharmacy Services Handicap (1200m).
The son of Blackfriars has had three runs back this preparation including a last-start eighth to Classic Knowledge at Northam on April 29.
“I’ve just tinkered around with a few minor things which I’m hoping can improve him,” said Maley.
“Getting out of the gates quicker and a drop back in distance could be the key.”