By Anita McInnes
PETROL Power will step up to 1400m when he returns to Ascot on Saturday, February 21.
The Snitzel and Diamonds and Dust gelding with jockey Jason Brown on board raced in two 1400m races in 2013 – the Sir Ernest Lee Steere Classic on December 7, 2013 where he finished first and the Fairetha Stakes on November 9, 2013 where he was second.
His trainer Jim Taylor of Bullsbrook said apprentice jockey Jerry Noske of High Wycombe would ride the gelding in the Chinese Lunar – Year of the Sheep Handicap (1400m).
“Petrol Power has been given 59kg so Jerry can claim her 1.5kg allowance and he’ll carry 57kg,’’ he said.
Noske had the ride when the gelding last raced, which was at Ascot on January 31 in the www.magicmillions.com.au Handicap (1200m).
Before that he finished ninth in the Happy Half century Tony Hills Handicap (1000m) after casting a plate during the race.
Taylor said ever since the gelding had an operation to fix a wind problem he had to be managed carefully.
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Last week at Ascot Noske rode New Time to win the Selangor Turf Club Trophy (1400m).
Petrol Power had been entered in this race but he didn’t think he could beat New Time so had scratched him.
He said New Time was a 50-50 chance to start in the $$120,000 Chaff City Pinjarra Classic (1300m) on Sunday, February 22 but he thought Black Heart Bart was probably too strong a challenge.
Black Heart Bart had drawn barrier two while New Time if started would jump from barrier 11.
Meanwhile he said 2014 Winterbottom Stakes winner Magnifisio would head to Adelaide later in the year instead of racing at Flemington next month.
Taylor said the goal to start her in the $1 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap on March 14 had been abandoned.
But she would probably race in Adelaide in early May in a weight-for-age race for fillies and mares.
He said Magnifisio had put on about 30kg when she was sent for a spell after she finished second in the weight-for-age Scahill Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on December 6.