Former eastern states galloper Net Profit will make his debut for the Paige Kenney stable in The Merrywell Handicap (1100m) at Ascot on Saturday, as he looks to continue the strong run of form he displayed in Carnarvon over the past two seasons.
Under the care of David Black, Net Profit won five of his 12 starts in the Gascoyne and never finished worse than fifth.
The gelding started his career in Victoria, where he won just one of his nine starts, which included a four length defeat to subsequent Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane in Geelong.
Kenney took over training duties of the six-year-old recently, and said she is not sure what to expect when she saddles him up on Saturday.
“We are throwing him in the deep end without a trial, but we are happy with his work,” she said.
“I watched the replays of his wins and he did it tough sitting out in the middle of the track and still managed to win.”
Kenney said it had been a battle to keep the Danerich gelding sound, but felt training him on the sand could be the key to keeping him injury free.
Ellie Cockram retains the ride on Net Profit, after she rode him at all bar one of his starts in 2017.
Net Profit opened a $26 chance on TABtouch markets, while the Grant and Alana Williams-trained Bon Voyage is a $4.20 favourite.