Team Hawkes have ruled out a bid in Sydney’s The Championships during the autumn and are more likely to focus on the Stradbroke Handicap 2015 in Brisbane next year with Saturday’s Razor Sharp Handicap winner Our Boy Malachi.
The Top Echelon six-year-old proved a classy type with an impressive two and a half-length victory over Gerald Ryan’s fast-finishing Dothraki in the $100,000 Listed Thoroughbred Breeders NSW Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m) at Royal Randwick on the weekend.
Despite that imposing victory from the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-trained gelding, they won’t be testing him up against his star stable mates Chautauqua and Deep Field next time in who co-trainer Michael Hawkes refused to make comparisons with.
“That’s way over the top,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“We’re lucky that we’ve got three crack sprinters and that’s why he kept going the way he did.
“Horses like him, Chautauqua and Deep Field, they’ve all got that will to win and they know how to put it together.”
Our Boy Malachi has now won his past five starts on the trot making it a black-type Sydney Summer Racing Carnival double in the Razor Sharp having won the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m), over Dothraki again, a fortnight earlier.
Dothraki ($3.40) proved the big danger to the odds-on $1.75 favourite again on Saturday when looming up with 300m left to go, but couldn’t match the finishing burst of the winner who quickly responded to jockey James McDonald and put the result beyond doubt.
“I told James to have the last crack and what I said to James was that he actually finds more when he’s put under pressure,” Hawkes said.
“To give you an idea of how slow they were going, he had his head on the side wanting to go and James was just saying ‘hang on let’s wait’, so it just shows you he’s a professional and wants to do it.
“The best part was when James still had a lapful of horse and 200metres and he said, ‘bang, let’s go’, and he was off. He kind of toyed with them in the end.”
The David Pfieffer-trained Cradle Me ($17) then rounded out the Razor Sharp Handicap trifecta a further length away for third.
Our Boy Malachi’s big aim in 2015 is shaping up as the $2 million Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm Racecourse, or Doomben if renovations at the former aren’t completed in time, on June 6 during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
Formerly prepared in Rockhampton by John O’Sing and referred to as the “Rockhampton Rocket”, Our Boy Malachi is only lightly raced for his age with 18 runs.
He has won 16 of those however and finished out of the money just once when first stepped up to stakes company for a fifth to pure Purrfection in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1100m) at Doomben this May.
O’Sing may not be reaping the financial rewards for the horse’s wins now, but he was still just as pleased to see him secure the Razor Sharp on the weekend.
“I’m very happy for him to show the full potential I always thought he had in him,” he told The Courier-Mail.
“It’s one thing winning 12 of 13 up in Rocky, but when you win three straight in Sydney to make it 16 from 18, people really take notice.
“I would like to still be with him, but you need those top trainers to bring out the best in them.”
His win on the weekend was just what his Rockhampton-based owner Col Donovan needed to boost his sprits from his Brisbane hospital bed after he suffered a stroke back in October.
Donovan hopes to be well enough come the winter to be trackside should Our Boy Malachi go all the way to Stradbroke Handicap Day.
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2014 Razor Sharp Handicap Results & Finishing Order
Randwick Race 5 – 13/12/2014
|1||3||OUR BOY MALACHI||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||James McDonald||–||3||57kg||$1.75F|
|2||2||DOTHRAKI||Gerald Ryan||Blake Shinn||2.5L||4||58kg||$3.40|
|3||6||CRADLE ME||David Pfieffer||Sam Clipperton||3.5L||5||54kg||$17|
|4||8||FARE WELL||Clarry Conners||Jason Collett||3.8L||6||54kg||$14|
|5||7||TESTARHYTHM||Benjamin Smith||Kerrin McEvoy||7.6L||2||54kg||$61|
|6||1||HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME||Con Karakatsanis||Brenton Avdulla||8.4L||1||59kg||$13|
|–||4||RED EXCITEMENT||Gerald Ryan||Adam Hyeronimus||–||0||–||–|
|–||5||THAT’S A GOOD IDEA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Joshua Parr||–||0||–||–|