Our Boy Malachi will head to the 2014 Razor Sharp Handicap in a fortnight after he recorded a most impressive victory in the Starlight Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Jockey Dwayne Dunn elected to settle Our Boy Malachi just behind the leader Senta De Noche in the early stages of the Starlight Stakes before he cantered to the lead at the 300 metre mark.
Gerald Ryan-trained Dothraki loomed on the outside, but Our Boy Malachi showed an explosive turn-of-foot when asked for an extra effort and he raced away from the rest of the field to record his maiden win at Listed level.
Our Boy Malachi has now recorded two wins from two race starts since joining the Team Hawkes team and 15 wins from his 17 career race starts, but co-trainer Michael Hawkes believes that the Top Echelon gelding still has plenty of improvement in front of him heading into the Razor Sharp Handicap at Royal Randwick on December 13.
“Our Boy Malachi is not fully wound up yet and he has given them a toweling,” Hawkes told the media after the race.
“He has come to us with a great record, horses just don’t do what he has done winning 15 of his 17 starts – it is ridiculous really.
“From the barrier, he jumped a little tardy and had to do a bit of work to get outside the leader, but what this horse does is extend under pressure and only the good horses do that.
“He is an exciting horse going forward and we are very pleased to have him in our stable.
“The sprinting series is here and he loves good ground so we will look at the next race in a couple of weeks’ time.”
Dunn rode both Deep Field and Chautauqua for Team Hawkes during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival and is now delighted to have the chance to partner Our Boy Malachi during his summer campaign.
Dunn said that he was happy to hand up the lead on Our Boy Malachi in the early stages of the Starlight Stakes and was delighted with the way the six-year-old responded when he was asked for an extra effort.
“Our Boy Malachi put them to the sword today,” Dunn said.
“He never steps really fast, but then he takes a couple of strides and musters speed.
“I didn’t have to gas him to get there too quick and we were able to have a breather on the turn.
“He is a racehorse and when you push the go button, he responds.”
Dothraki maintained his good form since being gelded with a solid second place finish and is set to press on to the Razor Sharp Handicap.