THE second Stradbroke winner to have begun a racing career on the Gympie Racecourse may eventuate this year - Our Boy Malachi.
Our Boy Malachi, the current favourite for this year's $2 million Stradbroke, began his racing career in Gympie in the care of trainer Peter Fleming and recorded his first race win on the Gympie sand back in June 2011.
The previous Stradbroke winner with Gympie origins was Innisfree who was victorious in the 1978 Stradbroke.
Innisfree was trained here as a young horse by Graham McCauley and was housed in stables behind the old Jockey Club Hotel.
The horse was transferred to Ron Hall at Deagon and was ridden by Greg Hall to win Queensland's top sprint.
Our Boy Malachi, was sired by the then Craiglea Stud-based Top Echelon being bred by the Donovan family of Rockhampton out of the Rustic Amber mare, Rusticate.
He ran second in a Mackay two-year-old at his first race start and then bolted in with an 850m Gympie maiden winning by 11½ lengths.
Our Boy Malachi was then transferred to Rockhampton trainer John O'Singh continuing his outstanding career with a sequence of 10 wins on end at Rockhampton and Mackay before winning at Eagle Farm.
He then won two more in North Queensland including the Rockhampton Newmarket before being transferred to the Team Hawkes stable in Sydney where he is undefeated in three Sydney starts.
He won a barrier trial at Randwick on March 30 when resuming from a spell and is entered in the 1200m Hall Mark Stakes tomorrow.
His record stands at 18 starts for 16 wins and a second and over $383,000 in prizemoney.