Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Our Boy Malachi Returns to Randwick Racing

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Our Boy Malachi Returns to Randwick Racing

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TOP jockeys, Brisbane's Nathan Day and Mackay's David Simmons will be missing in action from the Rockhampton Jockey Club's "full house'' for horses' race meeting at Callaghan Park today.

Day, currently sitting in equal sixth position on the Queensland premiership jockeys scoreboard with 16 winners is serving a delayed suspension over a Rockhampton careless riding indiscretion from some weeks ago.

"I'm right to be back riding next Friday (Ipswich) and can't wait," the affable Day said last night.

A Brisbane businessman and entrepreneur in his own right, Day made a successful riding comeback a few seasons ago to overcome, as he puts it "getting a little bored".

The former top Brisbane apprentice of his era, Day is ultra competitive and admits to "just loving race riding", a pursuit for which he has a gift as so aptly displayed at Callaghan Park race meetings.

Much travelled jockey David Simmons dubbed The Highwayman is nursing bruising after he came to grief on a horse trained by his brother-in-law John Manzelmann at Ewan races last Saturday.

His somewhat eerie named horse Skeletons bucked during the running of the feature race and after an exhibition which would have done a cowboy proud at the Mt Isa Rodeo, Simmons eventually came to grief.

He was taken to Charters Towers Hospital but was released soon after and has been nursing heavy bruising since.

"It is mainly muscle soreness and bruising. I hope to get a clearance next Tuesday and will ride at Townsville on Thursday and Mackay on the Saturday," Simmons said.

Never fear punters, while Day and Simmons are absent, there will be riding talent aplenty at Callaghan Park this afternoon.

These include Queensland's fourth placed jockey on the current ladder Chelsea Jokic (20 winners) as well as Mr Winner himself Adrian Coome (16). …

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