Our Boy Malachi tipped to make amends in BTC Cup at Doomben   Leave a comment

Our Boy Malachi tipped to make amends in BTC Cup at Doomben

It was a year ago that the “Rocky Rocket”, Our Boy Malachi, last tasted defeat.

The Bribie Handicap at Doomben was looked upon as the race that would give the country sprinter his 12th win from 13 starts. Instead, he missed a place. He led that day and weakened to finish fifth to Pure Purrfection, who stormed home to score.

Five weeks later, after redeeming himself with wins in Mackay and Rockhampton, Our Boy Malachi bid Queensland farewell. The Donovan family sent the six-year-old to Sydney to be trained by John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes. Col Donovan saw his champion win three races in Sydney before losing his battle with illness.

Team Hawkes quickly found themselves full of admiration for the gelding, who simply wants to win.

Queenslanders will be cheering for Our Boy Malachi when he shoots for win No 18 in the Group I $500,00 BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben today.

Michael Hawkes has overseen the build-up. Our Boy Malachi was impressive when resuming at Randwick last month in the Group III Hall Mark Stakes (1200m), overcoming a slow start and blundering on the home turn.

He had considerable improvement to come in terms of fitness. The $2.50 favourite is expected to take a forward position from barrier six. Bigger tracks have suited Our Boy Malachi and Doomben is a tighter circuit than Eagle Farm, which is out of commission. The Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap are coming targets at Doomben, so the “Rocky Rocket’’ needs to adapt quickly.

Team Hawkes will also be represented in the BTC Cup by Nostradamus, who returned to winning form on the Gold Coast last start and has thrived during his Queensland stay.

Thrust In A Gust would have posed a threat, but took fright on the plane and knocked a leg. He has returned to the Ballarat stables of trainer Darren Weir and been withdrawn.

Kiwi four-year-old El Roca battled niggling issues last spring but is in good shape to begin his assault on the winter carnival.

Leebaz, with the addition of blinkers, found winning form in the Hollindale Stakes on the Gold Coast and will prove hard to beat in the $650,000 Doomben Cup (2000m).

Star WA filly Delicacy takes on the boys in the $500,000 SA Derby (2400m) today, having conquered the fillies in the Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville last weekend. Delicacy won the Derby-Oaks double in WA and her blistering sprint at the end of a race will make her hard to beat.

Trainer Peter Moody has Boom Time in the race and has been pleased with his WA recruit’s work.

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Posted May 9, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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