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Malavio will not take part in Saturday week’s Group 2 2012 Villiers Stakes (1600m) and will instead be sent straight to the paddock.
The four-year-old announced himself as a genuine Villiers contender on Saturday when producing a tough performance to win the Listed Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill.
The win left jockey Nathan Berry singing the horse’s praises but he has since gone amiss and will not get the chance to compete in what was to be his campaign grand final.
Trained by Steve Englebrecht, Malavio has had a mixed preparation that began in September with a solid fifth in strong company in the Group 2 Shorts.
He produced a strong win in the Twin Willows Handicap at Rosehill in October before a surprising 10th at Rosehill was followed by a fourth-place finish in the Hawkesbury Gold Cup.
Malavio, a son of Sniztel, has a quality winning strike rate of 42 per cent with eight victories from 19 career starts.
It comes as disappointing news for trainer Steve Englebrecht who set his sights on the Villiers with Malavio at the beginning of his campaign.
Fellow Warwick Farm trainer Jason Coyle may have unearthed a Villiers contender on Saturday with Scream Machine who won the Blackwoods Uvex Safetey BM85 at Rosehill on Saturday.
Jockey Kathy O’Hara admitted after the race that Scream Machine can be difficult to ride at times but was always confident he had the ability to take top honours.
“He jumped half in the air at the start,” O’Hara said.
“But we were saying before the race that he just needed to settle and he’d win.
”To his credit, he accelerated really well.”
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