Second bleed ends Our Boy Malachi's career
HORSE RACING: The racing career of champion Rockhampton race horse Our Boy Malachi is over after he bled from the nose during his run in the $1 million Darley Classic at Flemington on Saturday.
It is the second time the horse has bled, which means he is automatically banned from racing in Australia.
Team Hawkes announced soon after the race that they would not consider racing Our Boy Malachi overseas and he would be retired.
"It's a sad day for the family,” co-owner Ross Donovan said from Melbourne after watching the race trackside.
"It's terrible. It's tragic but what can you do? He's given us some great thrills along the way.
"He's a magnificent animal, he's quite a specimen and he was so easy to do anything with.
"He's a lovely big horse.”
Our Boy Malachi, who was affectionately dubbed the Rockhampton Rocket, finishes his career with 19 wins from his 27 starts and with winnings of $946,000.
The eight-year-old gelding was bred by Ross's late brother Col and is owned by Ross, Col's wife Katrina and Col's daughter Jess.
"Col knew straight away that he was a good thing,” Ross said.
Our Boy Malachi had firmed as favourite heading into Saturday's Group 1 race.
"He looked a treat, he looked magnificent,” Ross said. "They were all pretty excited in the Hawkes team. On the back of his win three weeks earlier, they thought he could win the race.
"He jumped clean and I spoke to jockey Dwayne Dunn after the race and he said he was working well within himself and he was more than happy with where he was.
"The horse was travelling well but when Dwayne went for him at about the 500m mark he said all he could feel was the blood splatter on his silks.
"This is the second time he has bled - he bled in Brisbane in June last year so that's it for him now.”
Ross said every one of Our Boy Malachi's wins was special but it was his exhilarating victory in the Expressway Stakes in Sydney in January 30 that he rates the most memorable.
"He had just come back from his last bleeding attack and it was the biggest thrill for me,” he said.
Our Boy Malachi will spend a week in Melbourne under veterinary care before being moved back to Sydney.
"From there we will get him back home to Townsville where I can look after him,” Ross said.
"I've got the facilities for him and he can live his life out there.”