Our Boy Malachi failed to make much of an impression in a barrier trial on Monday morning but co-trainer Wayne Hawkes has been thrilled with the form of the classy sprinter and is confident he will be hard to beat in Saturday’s Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Our Boy Malachi returned to racing in typically slick form in 2015 but was forced into the paddock after failing to fire and 16tyh in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m); having later found to have bled.
Revealing the purpose of Monday’s trial was nothing more than a final tune-up ahead of his return in the 2016 Expressway Stakes, Hawkes told Racing Ahead the team could not be more pleased with the seven-year-old and are excited by the prospects of success.
“Everyone panicked because he was slow from the barriers on Monday in his trial,” Hawkes said.
“He got back and just got a really easy one.
“He was trialling Monday and running Saturday so he was only ever out for just a canter around.
“He is really great.”
Our Boy Malachi has been a standout performer since first appearing on course competitively in 2011; posting an exceptional seventeen wins and two minors through a total of twenty one career starts.
Referred to as ‘The Rockhampton Rocket’ during his time under the guidance of John O’Sing in Queensland, Our Boy Malachi won a minor Brisbane sprint over 1000m upon resuming in 2014; progressing to fifth in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1110m) before taking out each of the Maria Stebbens Memorial WFA (1100m) and Rockhampton Newmarket Handicap (1300m).
Debuting last summer for Team Hawkes, the Top Echelon gelding won a minor over 1100m before taking out each of the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) and Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m).
Resuming in autumn for success in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m), Our Boy Malachi ran third in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) in his only other start prior to the Doomben 10,000.
Our Boy Malachi has been allocated the ideal barrier 4 for the 2016 Expressway Stakes and will be partnered by Tommy Berry.
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