Doomben 10,000 2015: Michael Hawkes adamant Rockhampton Rocket has enough fuel to cover testing 1350m journey   Leave a comment

Doomben 10,000 2015: Michael Hawkes adamant Rockhampton Rocket has enough fuel to cover testing 1350m journey

Dwayne Dunn pilots Queensland champion Our Boy Malachi to victory at Rosehill Gardens las

Dwayne Dunn pilots Queensland champion Our Boy Malachi to victory at Rosehill Gardens last year. Picture: Getty Images Source: Supplied

MICHAEL Hawkes has rubbished claims Our Boy Malachi raced flat in the BTC Cup and tipped Saturday to be the day the Rockhampton Rocket becomes a Group 1 winner.

Jockey Tommy Berry was quick to point out the gelding felt flat after he finished third in the BTC Cup this month but Hawkes doesn’t subscribe to that theory and insists Our Boy Malachi did not simply have an off day second up.

“I don’t read into that at all what Tommy said and second up, third up whatever it is it was just the way the race was run,” Hawkes insists.

“Swap the barriers and he would have had a softer run and it would have been a different result.

“When you are at that elite level you need everything to go right and even though it didn’t look like he was working hard he had to work to get across for the first 400m and you can’t do it at both ends at this level.

“But the Doomben 10,000 is a totally different race and over 1350m they won’t go as hard.

“His day will come and I think it might be this Saturday so long as he draws a good barrier.”

Our Boy Malachi has won his only two starts over 1300m in Rockhampton but some experts are questioning whether he can run out a strong 1350m at Group 1 weight-for-age level.

Tommy Berry after winning aboard Our Boy Malachi at Royal Randwick this year. Picture: Ma

Tommy Berry after winning aboard Our Boy Malachi at Royal Randwick this year. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

But that’s not a concern for Hawkes, especially considering Our Boy Malachi continues to improve with every gallop.

“He worked well at the Gold Coast (Tuesday) and everything is on target,” he said.

“He has always been primed for a Stradbroke and he wasn’t fully wound up in the BTC Cup and he is not fully wound up now.

“But he is improving all the time and he is a big strong horse that carries a lot of condition but he is light on his feet and the further in his prep he goes the fitter he is and the better he is.”

Team Hawkes will also saddle up Zara Bay in the Group 2 BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Question marks remain as to whether Our Boy Malachi can run out a solid 1350m at Group 1

Question marks remain as to whether Our Boy Malachi can run out a solid 1350m at Group 1 level. Picture: Darren England Source: News Corp Australia

The filly finished third on debut in a Canterbury maiden (1250m) last Wednesday and Hawkes is hopeful she can measure up in Queensland.

“If she draws a barrier she will come but if she draws ordinary she will stay at home,” Hawkes said.

“It was a nice run the other day and she jumped good and led and if anything she just got a touch lost in front.

“Had she had a trail and followed something she definitely would have won and she is a filly on the improve that we are chasing some black type with.”

THE cobalt-related inquiries involving Queensland thoroughbred trainer Jamie McConachy and harness trainer Shawn Grimsey have been adjourned to a later date.

But cobalt inquiries involving harness trainers Ken Belford and Trevor Lambourn will proceed as scheduled on Wednesday.

Originally published as Hawkes: Rocket back on launching pad

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Posted May 20, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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