Man Oh Man!
Feb 20, 2014
You would never know watching Malabar Man that his current campaign – one which has seen him win twice and finish runner-up twice in four outings – was one that followed severe injury and an extremely long spell.
Racing in flying form as a lightly raced four-year-old, Malabar Man was so highly regarded at three that he took his place in the 2012 Victorian Derby. Sadly he was to suffer a tendon injury, one that kept him off the scene until mid-January.
Doing a remarkable job to resume off such a lengthy break with a maiden victory over a mile at Werribee, the son of former Darley shuttler Any Given Saturday went close at his next to outings.
He was on those occasions, according to regular rider Michael Rodd, a bit inclined to not quite finish off – still learning how to be a racehorse.
“I might’ve gone a bit too soon on him in those races,” Rodd admitted, adding that the gelding tended to ease himself up a bit when finding himself in the lead.
With that in mind Rodd kept Malabar Man for a late charge on Thursday and it paid dividends with the horse finishing off in strong fashion to win by ¾ length with plenty in hand.
“I was under strict instructions not to get there till the 50m,” Rodd said, adding that he was pleased with Malabar Man’s progression.
“That is the first time he has really let down and found the line – he had a real crack.”
Rodd had been confident during the run, Malabar Man – who had his ears pricked throughout – travelling so well that he was “giggling to myself!”
Settling well back in the 2400m event, Malabar Man fanned widest into the straight and was ready to go earlier – Rodd working hard at keeping him for that one late, winning run.
Congratulations to owners Philip Wooldridge, Anne Wooldridge, Michael Kent, Jenny O'Sullivan and Paul O'Sullivan.
Not surprisingly running out distances well, Malabar Man is a son of a mare by the legendary Sadler's Wells (pictured).