By Darryn Nufer.
THE owners of Marway were daring to dream about a Rocky Newmarket after the promising galloper broke Our Boy Malachi’s 1300m track record in winning today’s Ulton Capricornia Yearling Sale 3 & 4YO Championship at Callaghan Park.
Marway (pictured courtesy of Matt Harris) was dominant leading all of the way under jockey Brad Pengelly who had to waste heavily to ride in the race at 54kg.
Marway stopped the clock at 1:15.08, breaking the “Rockhampton Rocket” Our Boy Malachi’s track record of 1:15.17.
Ironically Our Boy Malachi’s Rockhampton trainer John O’Sing also puts the polish on Marway but stopped short of making comparisons with his champion who went on to win at Group 2 level in a decorated career that saw him win 19 of his 27 starts and $946,000 in prize money.
“For a young horse who is still learning how to race, he (Marway) is turning professional pretty quick,” O’Sing said after today’s victory.
Marway, who was passed in for $14,000 at the 2017 Capricornia Yearling Sale in Rockhampton, has now won five of his 10 career starts and more than $133,000 in earnings with today’s victory worth $51,200.
“He’s still green but he’s very promising,” O’Sing said post race.
“We’ll give him a fortnight off and see what we can find for him over the (Rocky) carnival.
“The owners want to go to a Newmarket (1300m) but he’s got to win a few more races yet before he’s Newmarket material.
“I wouldn’t put him in Malachi’s class. Malachi would have towed a boat and beat him (Marway),” O’Sing added.
Marway’s owners, Greg and Elaine Sturgiss and Paul and Barbara Wagner, would have been pleased they knocked back an offer late last year of $180,000 from Hong Kong for the gelding because there are many more wins in store for him.
The victory was made more special for Greg and Elaine who bred Marway, who is by their resident stallion Hemingway (IRE).
For those who aren’t aware, Greg and Elaine sit in the same spot in the Members bar at Callaghan Park every time they come to the races. They have done for years.
The man who bred and owned Our Boy Malachi, the late Col Donovan, used to always sit there with them.
Half an hour after today’s Championship race when I went to talk to Greg again he still had tears in his eyes, John O’Sing had a schooner in each hand, and Col’s good mate Gary Simpson was there too.
It might have just been coincidence or me getting too sentimental, and no I won’t attempt to compare the two horses, but “Singy” I’ll tell you something, mate.
It felt like old days. It felt like there was a bit of “Malachi magic” around those couple of special bar leaners in the Members there today.
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