Top jockey Ryan Maloney is winning the battle with the scales as he forms a formidable association with Magic Millions Guineas favourite Isotope.

RYAN Maloney believes sacrificing the indulgence that comes with the festive season can be the catalyst for him making amends in the race that fleetingly gave him his biggest payday in racing last year.

Maloney has been booked for Black Soil Bloodstock’s exciting filly Isotope right through to the $2M Magic Millions Guineas.

That means he has to ride the Tony Gollan trained filly at 55kg in the Vo Rogue Plate on January 2 and at this stage, 54.5kg in the Millions on January 16 (she will carry 55kg if she wins the Vo Rogue).

“I will be sitting down with a dinner plate (for Christmas) and that’s about it. Hopefully the rewards will be there,” he said.

After losing discipline coming back from his Golden Eagle tilt in Sydney and forfeiting winning rides last month, Maloney says his weight is back under control.

“I had my weight really good in Sydney, but when I went through isolation and couldn’t come back to Queensland, I really indulged too much,” he told Radio TAB’s Past the Post.

“It didn’t catch up with me until I got back home. I was pulling off 3kg and my body went into a real spiral with a yoyo effect.

“I’ve got it stabilised now and it’s starting to come down. As long as I don’t do anything stupid, or indulge like I did in iso, I will be right.”

Maloney says the toughest part of missing rides being overweight is letting owners and trainers down.

“When you have to make that call to a trainer in the morning and say ‘I can’t make the weight’ that’s the last thing they need to hear,” he said. “Owners are looking forward to the day and next minute they don’t have a rider, or can’t get the rider they want.

“It’s not a good look to be getting off them.”

Isotope shot to the top of MM Guineas charts when she waltzed home under Maloney in Saturday’s Mode Plate.

The former Victorian rider ‘won’ last year’s Guineas on Alligator Blood, only to later lose the race through the horse’s disqualification for a positive swab.

“It was my biggest payday that one. I didn’t have it spent, but my wife did … at the end of the day, that’s the way it goes,” he said.

“(Isotope) couldn’t have been more impressive. She put away quite good fillies and made them look second rate.

“Her form in the winter carnival around Rothfire and Wild Ruler stands up really well now.

“She’s definitely got a really good race in her. The only question mark is whether she will run a good strong 1400m. I think this time around she will. The sky’s the limit at the moment.”

Originally published asEmpty Plate could avenge Millions

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