Man Shares The Prize
Apr 09, 2014
Racing just too keenly at his previous outing when unplaced as a favoured runner at Bendigo, Malabar Man was back to his best with a grinding victory at Sandown on Wednesday.
A horse who has only ever run that one ordinary race, the lightly raced four-year-old settled better ridden quietly by Michael Rodd from an inside gate.
Weaving his way through the field, Malabar Man reached leader Oerter early in the straight and as that horse – who had won his previous three races – fought – our boy gave also all he had.
And the brave duo went to the line locked together, the photo-finish showing their noses crossing the line at the same time – a dead-heat!
It was the third win of Malabar Man’s ten start career and his first at metropolitan level on the back of a Moonee Valley second in early February.
“He is a promising horse not completely there in the mind yet,” Michael Kent said.
“He still waits a bit when he gets in front but he has good stamina and he is a progressive type.”
“I expect him to measure up in better company next time in.”
Raced by Philip Wooldridge, Anne Wooldridge, Michael Kent, Jenny O'Sullivan and Paul O'Sullivan, Malabar Man – who has done a great job to return from severe tendon injury – is a son of Any Given Saturday.
Bred by Emirates Park, Malabar Man is a half-brother to the UK Gr.2 winner Best Alibi out of the Sadler's Wells mare Chauncy Lane, half-sister to the Gr.1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Fourstars Allstar.