Co-trainer Wayne Hawkes has been thrilled with the work completed by Our Boy Malachi in the lead-up to his Autumn Carnival campaign and will likely nominate the seven-year-old for a first-up run in the 2016 Expressway Stakes (1200m).
Our Boy Malachi has been a standout performer through his 21 start career since first appearing on course competitively in 2011; posting an incredible seventeen wins and two minors.
Having bled during the running of the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) in May last year leading to a mandatory six month ban, Hawkes told Racing Ahead the son of Top Echelon has thrived in his time away from racing and is primed for a successful campaign.
“It was a pretty star-studded line up, but they’re only horses,” Hawkes said.
“Malachi couldn’t do any more than what he did the other day.
“Everyone knows he led in the Doomben 10,000 and Tommy said he was just smoking his pipe ready to rock and roll.
“He just went to push the button and go bang and blow them away and he said he was so confident on the corner and ridiculous, and when he let him go there was just nothing there.
“That’s obviously why he bled, and he’s never done it before nor since. It’s always in the back of your mind if they’re going to do it again but to be honest he hasn’t and everything has been bang on.
“We don’t race him much because he’s better racing less than more but he’s a good horse, the bugger he’s a good horse.
“There’s Melbourne and all those sorts of options. Chautauqua is a few weeks behind him so they won’t clash.
“He’s come back in great, great form.”
Our Boy Malachi began his racing career under the guidance of the Rockhampton-based Peter Fleming; passing through the stables of John O’Sing before arriving in the care of Team Hawkes at the conclusion of is 2014 Winter Carnival campaign.
Winning three starts in his first campaign for the Hawkes last summer, including both the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) and Listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m), Our Boy Malachi returned in autumn for success in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m); progressing to third in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) in his only other start prior to the Doomben 10,000.
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