Our Boy Malachi is the odds-on favourite to win the Listed Razor Sharp (1200m), however heavy ground may rule the six-year-old gelding out of the race entirely.
The gelding looked ready to add the $100,000 Razor Sharp to his impressive record that includes 15 wins from 17 career starts, however co-trained John Hawkes revealed on Thursday morning that his run will hinge entirely on the track rating on Saturday morning.
Our Boy Malachi is paying $1.85 in the Ladbrokes.com.au Razor Sharp betting market, ahead of Dothraki ($3.70) who is the only other single figure hopeful.
Hawkes admitted he has no idea whether the gelding can handle rain affected ground and noted it would be safer to simply remove him from the race and uphold his winning record.
“If it’s going to be heavy then we will decide if we are going to run,” Hawkes told TVN.
“We’ve just got to decide if we roll the dice on a heavy track or not.
“You would think it’s going to be heavy. It rained last night and all this morning – the tracks haven’t had a chance to dry out.”
Our Boy Malachi has had just one start on rain affected ground, a CL6 at Rockhampton back in May last year. While he won the race by an impressive seven lengths, the race conditions are incomparable to those of the 2014 Razor Sharp at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
Our Boy Malachi was trained by John O’Sing and based in Rockhampton before transferring to Team Hawkes at Rosehill Gardens after the winter. While he has an impressive winning record, the six-year-old has rarely been tested in black-type racing.
He made his one start for O’Sing in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1110m) back in May where he finished fifth – his sole unplaced run. However he won the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) for Hawkes Racing on just his second run in Sydney, winning nearly two lengths clear.
Whether he runs on Saturday or not, Our Boy Malachi will head to the spelling paddock next week as new trainers Team Hawkes aim the gelding towards an autumn campaign that will test him at Group level for the first time.
Without Our Boy Malachi the 2014 Razor Sharp could be anyone’s win. Get your bets in at Ladbrokes.com.au today before they shorten dramatically.