Trainer John O’Sing proud of Our Boy Malachi’s rise to the big time   Leave a comment

Trainer John O’Sing proud of Our Boy Malachi’s rise to the big time

John O'Sing reflects on some of Our Boy Malachi's victories. Picture: Nicky Dobson

John O’Sing reflects on some of Our Boy Malachi’s victories. Picture: Nicky Dobson Source: Supplied

ROCKHAMPTON trainer John O’Sing still sheds a tear when he watches Our Boy Malachi race.

It’s not out of sadness but more pride as to what the “Rockhampton Rocket’ has become.

“He has got the greatest following you’ve ever seen up here in Rockhampton and it doesn’t matter what pub you are at and there is always someone cheering for him when he runs,” O’Sing said. “But I mainly sit at home and watch him race myself because when I see him I get a bit of a tear, you know.

“I still get a bit emotional when I talk about him and I’m just so proud to be associated with a good horse like him.”

It’s been almost one year since Our Boy Malachi left O’Sing’s Rockhampton stables.

He had won 13 from 15 starts at the time, including back-to-back Rockhampton Newmarkets, and the only blemish on his record since he joined O’Sing’s stables after his second start was a fifth in a Listed race at Doomben in May, 2014 when he wasn’t himself.

Our Boy Malachi gets up to win his second Rockhampton Newmarket last year. Picture: Matth

Our Boy Malachi gets up to win his second Rockhampton Newmarket last year. Picture: Matthew Harris Source:Supplied

O’Sing admits he couldn’t do much more with him and it was time to give Our Boy Malachi a crack in the big smoke with Team Hawkes in Sydney and boy hasn’t he lived up to the hype.

The six-year-old has won another four-straight races in Sydney, taking his tally to a remarkable 17 wins from 19 starts.

And on Saturday, Our Boy Malachi is a raging favourite to scale to a height even O’Sing originally felt was beyond him and claim his first Group 1 win in the BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben.

“I thought he had a fair bit of potential and I thought he would get to a Group 3 maybe but now he is in a Group 1 and now you’re getting fair dinkum,” O’Sing said. “There was never a thought he was that good.”

Racing is known for producing a fairytale and there would be no greater story than if Our Boy Malachi could salute on Saturday.

He was a home-bred for former Rockhampton Jockey Club committeeman Col Donovan, who lost his battle with illness in January aged 63.

He might be gone but O’Sing knows Col is still cheering from above and he will always remember the promise he delivered on.

“We were mates for 30 years or more and he always said, ‘I will get you a good horse one day’, and I said, ‘that’s good Col’,” O’Sing recalls. “Gee we had some slow ones in between I can tell you and there are some you could kick your hat faster than.

Tommy Berry celebrates with Our Boy Malachi after their Hall mark Stakes win at Randwick.

Tommy Berry celebrates with Our Boy Malachi after their Hall mark Stakes win at Randwick. Picture: Mark Evans Source:News Corp Australia

“We only got Hodgie And Mo because he was sore and we won 10 races with him and then we got Malachi and as they say the rest is history.”

O’Sing, 59, has been training horses since he was 21 and Our Boy Malachi is “by far” the best horse he has trained.

Perhaps that’s why he still gets emotional when he sees him race.

“You only get one good horse in your lifetime up here because we either breed them ourselves or don’t pay a lot of money for them,” he said. “I still remember the first day we realised he was pretty special and it was at the barrier trials here.

“When I got him (from Peter Fleming’s stables) he was only a Class 1 horse and there was a Class 4 horse here that had a fair bit of pace and every time they barrier trialled him this horse would win them.

“This Class 4 horse was about four in front of him at the furlong that day and the big fella just put about three or four (lengths) on him in three or four strides and I thought christ, we’ve got something special here.”

But while Our Boy Malachi is blessed with talent, his most treasured quality is his will to win, which was on show for all to see in his second consecutive Rockhampton Newmarket victory with 59kg last June.

“He fell down on his nose at the start and I almost came off,” jockey Adrian Coome recalls.

“If he was ever going to get beaten (in Rockhampton) than that was the day and the majority of horses would have thrown it away after that. But he picked himself up and got himself midfield and he was just never going to let them beat him.”

Originally published as O’Sing proud of his old Boy

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Posted May 9, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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