Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Rocket's Biggest Test; Our Boy Malachi Takes on Flemington's Best Saturday

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Rocky Rocket's Biggest Test; Our Boy Malachi Takes on Flemington's Best Saturday

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HORSE RACING

TONY McMAHON

THE racing game has long been aligned with dreams as those that play it in a diversity of roles, have to be dreamers.

For certain that will be the case with the owners of the majority of babies (2YO) that are making their racing debuts in divisions of the $42k Breeders Plate (1050m) at Rockhampton's Callaghan Park racecourse today.

And why not as in the minds of most owners, every debutant horse is a potential champion - that is until it has raced?

It's been that way down through time and since its first race meeting in June 1898, Callaghan Park racecourse has been the spawning ground for myriad owners' dreams of grandeur.

In reality, the vast majority are just that - dreams but such is the romanticism of the turf new ones are reborn almost instantaneously even after failure.

Four years ago on Melbourne Cup Day races at Callaghan Park, on November 1, 2012, a 'penny for your dreams' would have been a steal to find out what the Rockhampton connections of Our Boy Malachi were thinking.

On that day, Our Boy Malachi won his third successive start of just four when he brilliantly won a Rockhampton Class 2 (1200m) in the flying time of 1min:09.9 seconds.

Incidentally, the runner-up Picawinner went on to win another four races for total career stakes of $63,400.

Our Boy Malachi, on the other hand won his next eight in succession including the 2013 and 2014 Rockhampton Newmarkets in a history making achievement on the grass Callaghan Park track.

From humble parentage of dad Top Echelon and mum Rusticate, Our Boy Malachi's origins are instantly recognised by his catch cry name of the Rockhampton Rocket.

Now the winner of 19 of his 26 starts for stakes of $946,400, tomorrow at Flemington could be his crowning moment as he attempts to attain GR 1 winning status

In a star-studded field Our Boy Malachi, the freakish last start winner of the GR 2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) on October 15, will contest the $1m GR 1 Darley Stakes (1200m). …

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