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Our Boy Malachi to have public farewell

The horse who became famous as the Rockhampton Rocket will make a farewell appearance at the track that gave him his name.

Our Boy Malachi will parade on Saturday at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park where fans can also have their pictures taken with the gelding who was retired last month after a career which netted 19 wins from 27 starts.

He won 14 of his first 15 starts in Queensland including two Rockhamptoni Newmarkets and his managing owner Col Donovan sent him to Sydney and the Hawkes Racing team to try his luck.

Donovan died before Our Boy Malachi scored one of his biggest wins in the 2015 Group Two Expressway Stakes at Randwick after an enforced break for a bleeding attack and a life-threatening bout of colic.

A second bleeding attack during last month’s Darley Classic spelled the end of his career and he will live out his days on the Townsville property of Donovan’s brother Ross.

“He is the people’s horse and I always said that I would bring him back to Rockhampton to say goodbye to his loyal followers,” Ross told the Rockhampton Jockey Club.

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